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"I'm a home school parent, and education is, to me, the civil rights issue of our time!"
The Pulitzer-winning historian Walter McDougall has diagnosed the United States as a "nation of hustlers." He means it in a good way; Americans are Horatio Alger heroes, constantly scheming and one-upping and finding new ways to win. If you're a skeptic, you might think see Root's success as a confluence of lucky breaks, impossible to repeat for anyone not gifted with superhuman salesmanship or—as my colleague Jesse Walker has put it—"the deportment of a Ronco pitchman with a squirrel in his pants." If you buy McDougall's theory, stop rolling your eyes at the guy. Wayne Allyn Root wants you to be able to become the next Wayne Allyn Root. And you should take him up on it.
"I'm an S.O.B.," Root likes to joke. "A son of butcher. America needs an S.O.B. in the White House!"
David Weigel is an associate editor of Reason.
This article originally appeared at The American Spectator.