Nicolas Sarkozy

How the election could go wrong for Romney

How the election could go wrong for Romney

PARIS -- There's a good chance that American voters will screw up the presidential election.

"How could you say such a thing when in a democracy the people are, by definition, correct?" you ask.

Because there's no such thing as collective intelligence, that's why. Sure, there are individuals within a given society who happen to be informed and intelligent -- but it requires work to overcome the sort of inertia that has so many other people in that society pinned to their recliners watching "Dancing With the Stars" while precariously balancing a mound of salsa atop a tortilla chip. Intelligence is synonymous with information, the absorption of which...