Widespread disgust with a dirty, dysfunctional political establishment has produced a powerful yearning for an “outsider candidate” who can cleanse and repair the fetid mess in Washington. But before the mobilized masses rush to support presidential contenders with no electoral experience, it’s crucial to consider the lessons of history and ordinary common sense.
Polling results show an overwhelming rejection of political pros and business-as-usual. A new USC-Dornsife/Los Angeles Times survey reports that people feel worried by a 5-to-1 ratio about the way America’s politics have changed. The public clearly yearns for another President Lincoln — wise, idealistic and untainted by petty politics. The only problem is that the real “Honest Abe” was a proud professional pol and savvy partisan operator. Lincoln first ran for the Illinois legislature at age 23 and spent his adult life seeking or holding public office….