The man was on stage. He was delivering a spectacular performance for thousands of his fans. It was a political role he was vying for, but all of it was performance. The folksiness, the riling and cracking jokes all came smoothly to him. He believed not in his followers and his solutions were sparse. But his passion was real and he dispersed anger and spittle into the throng. The crowd absorbed it with pleasure and the cameras absorbed it without blinking. His theatrics caught their glassy eyes and disseminated it to the faraway couch-sitters and airport-goers.