As democracy is perfected, the office [of the President] represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty deal. 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.
H.L. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920. Reprinted in On Politics: A Carnival of Buncombe