Clinton, Trump supporters view debate through lens of a long campaign


Hillary Clinton's 'deplorables' comment is not entirely wrong

Hillary Clinton's 'deplorables' comment is not entirely wrong

At some point in every election cycle, a TV news anchor -- and more likely several of them -- will speak in reverential tones about "the wisdom of the American people." This expression of clichéd, lazy patriotism implies that the collective choice made by voters when they go to the polls is magically infallible. Unfortunately, that is simply not true.

Consider the man many Americans think of as the country's greatest president, Abraham Lincoln. We got him by chance, not because the people were so smart. Lincoln was elected in 1860 with less than 40 percentage of the vote, the lowest percentage of any winning presidential candidate in U.S. history. If the...