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If a mutation provides an individual with an advantage, that individual and its progeny will have a better chance of survival in the long run.
If a mutation yields a trait that is counterproductive, then there is a smaller chance that it will be passed along over generations.
I can understand him winning a seat in the IL legislature. The district he represented is quite corrupt. And I can understand how he won a Senate race - his operatives cheated and made public the divorce proceedings of his opponent, who was a truly gifted person.
It's hard to stomach his ascension to the throne of the USA however.
Polio, smallpox, diptheria, tetanus, etc., somehow know which children will not be the smartest adults and infect them instead of the really smart people.
Consider Cleon and Alcibiades, who were horrendous leaders.