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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 11:34 PM
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Mencken on George W. Bush?
This quote might be familiar to some of you, as it has apparently been making the rounds of the blogs. I first saw it yesterday in The Washington Spectator. It's from a column Mencken wrote in 1920:



"The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."


The paragraph that immediately precedes this, which is usually omitted, seems also apropos:

"The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum."
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jeff30997 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-10-05 11:45 PM
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1. That guy could see the future I tell you.
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