Very sharp writing in the last place you'd expect, the Wall Street Journal.
The Third World deals in the politics of messianic campaigns because most of the people there know perfectly well that nothing less than a supernatural miracle could ever fix what is wrong with their country. That is why they always fail.
As Amerikwa has declined to it's current degradation, it is to be expected it's political scene would become the same droll quest, one election after another, for a messiah.
Any nation that needs a messiah to guarantee them opportunity, the rule of law and some happiness is a nation that can no longer achieve those things by any other means. The Republic was never founded on the idea that we would have angels for leaders, rather the opposite was assumed. That was it's strength and it was the reason it endured as long as it did. A country that thinks personality can determine if it sinks or swim is drowning.