Understanding US politics circa 2017
Michael B. Wong

I think there’s is an element of the US presidential office that puts a premium on on newness, which can be generally be defined as an ‘outsider,’ a status dominated in recent years by winners such as JFK, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Obama, and the old new guy, Trump. What makes them ‘new’ or ‘outsider’ varies, nevertheless it is the shiny, precious metal that draws attention. Perhaps it’s seen through the voters’ astigmatic lenses as the antidote to the hidebound institutions of the Capitol and the capital, the ballast that will right the ship or keep it rightsized. By comparison, mere competency is an oxidized metal — if it’s a metal at all.

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