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The brilliance of the American system of governance is that our leaders are elected, rather than being determined by birthright (like the European royalty of the preceding 1,200 years).

It is also one of our biggest flaws.

In virtually all other areas of modern life--including the military, medicine, the judiciary, and certainly sports--prominence & influence is based on merit. Yes, meritocracy can be flawed, too. We can mis-judge merit. People can lie about their merits (remember Bernie Madoff?). But these are exceptions rather than the rule.

But politicians are different. They get power and influence via their popularity. They are, in effect, participating in an un-ending beauty contest.

We live in a pop culture. And "pop" is short for popular.

Take music as an example:

Up through the decade following WWII, the musicians of note were geniuses (think Charlie Parker and John Coltrane as the end of that line). Then came the advent of pop.

Now in the '80's (for example) Madonna sold more records and more people attend her concerts in a month than Duke Ellington did in entire lifetime....literally. But no one ever mistook Madonna for a good musician.

Since my childhood, all politicians (with the possible exception of Ronald Reagan) have been clowns. And they our clowns by our popular collusion.

I pay little attention to O-C. Her 15 minutes of fame will be over soon. Of course, that's what I said about The Donald!!

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