“Here’s something Americans intuit about motivations in presidential politics. When a candidate is on a mission to rescue the country, they can tell. When it’s about the nation and not him, they can tell. When he has a general philosophy of government and politics, they will listen, and give a fair hearing.
“But when a candidate says, not blatantly but between the lines, ‘I want to be president because I’m an extraordinary and superior human and want you to see me that way too,’ well, that sort of subliminally gives a lot of people the creeps. They will see you as ego-driven, not purpose-driven. They may elect you anyway, but this year especially they won’t.”
Peggy Noonan, “Kvetch a Sketch,” WSJ