As usual, Cal Thomas puts things into perspective:
For a messiah figure to succeed, he must be matched to the real, not perceived, needs of his disciples. Are those needs economic and political, or are they moral and spiritual? If the former, by all means, vote for the best “deliverer.” If the latter, I can only give you what the angel Gabriel told Joseph about that Messiah: “He will save his people from their sins.”
That’s a real need no political messiah can meet. But the authentic Messiah can.