Some humility about the historical moment

h/t Holman Jenkins in today’s WSJ:

Our system of institutions is not designed to find us the “right” person to be our national hero/role model. Its job is to harness and constrain the forces and personalities that democratic populism throws up.

Voters are perfectly entitled to ask themselves if one of our major parties has thrown up a candidate unsuitable purely on grounds of personality and temperament, but we also should have some humility about the historical moment we’re living through. A narrow Hillary victory or Trump victory might not be outcomes all that distinguishable from each other in the end—whereas a Clinton landslide that produces, like the first twoObama years, one-party government fundamentally out of sync with the American electorate and out of sync with the national moment could be the larger misfortune.

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