Is Your Favorite Politician A Psychopath? (Or All Politicians In General?)

Political JokersTony Schwartz writes on the Huffington Post:

What do John Edwards, Bob Barr, Rod Blagjevich, John Ensign, Eliot Spitzer, Mark Sanford, William Jefferson, William Jefferson Clinton, David Vitter, James McGreevy, Tom DeLay, Charles Rangel, Newt Gingrich, and David Paterson have in common?

Obviously, they’re all politicians who’ve been caught doing something illegal, unethical, mind-bogglingly self-destructive, or all of the above.

But what also binds them is that none of them seem to believe they really did anything wrong, in spite of vast evidence to the contrary. When they finally have no option but to appear contrite, their apologies feel stilted, scripted and anything but heartfelt.

The latest offender, New York Governor David Paterson, hasn’t even gotten around to apologizing yet. In the meantime, he’s apparently managed to convince himself that it’s okay to phone up and intimidate a woman his top aide just viciously beat up. Then there’s John Edwards. I’ve just finished reading The Politician by his aide, Andrew Young — an irresistibly salacious takedown, but one that never gets near understanding Edward’s breathtaking brazenness and utter obliviousness. Or how about the much-indicted Rod Blagjevich joining the cast of “The Apprentice?” while he awaits his own criminal trial — and continues to profess his utter innocence despite dozens of tape recordings that make it clear exactly what he did.

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  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    Is anyone surprised that politicians are wolves in sheeps clothing?

    The book that should have been mentioned is _Political Ponerology_ by Andrew Lobaczewski. It's an absolutely fascinating read on the degeneration of societal institutions, governments, and eventually entire societies because of the influence of clinically diagnosable psychopaths.

    Essentially in Lobaczewski's view, psychopaths are drawn to positions of power, possess the personalities to obtain those positions, and since they lack a normal (or any) sense of right and wrong, begin to cause all sorts of damage which snowballs until the society realizes what is going on and takes steps to protect itself.

    Ultimately, Lobaczewski presents a good case but more research is needed.

  • Hadrian999

    you pretty much have to be at least be a sociopath to be a politician,
    or have a team to do the dirty work for you and be to stupid to know about it

    • Broken Finger

      Whether clinically diagnosable or not, I don't think anyone who seeks out power over others is terribly trustworthy.

  • JESUS4LIFE

    NONSENSE! POLITICAL LEADERS COULD NEVER BE PSYCHOPATHS! THATS LIKE SAYING TEACHERS OR PRIESTS COULD BE CHILD MOLESTERS! GARBAGE! PLAH HOOAH WUUHHH MUUHH WAH WAH NIIINGG!!11

  • http://whitenoiserants.webnode.com// white noise

    Few Americans really know that McCain is a mental case with a “war record” he has had to have “classified” to keep himself out of prison. The truth, is this all? Does he have lifelong ties to organized crime, a history of voting against veterans and working against POW/MIA group? It is even worse than that. We have never had a person this crazy with this much baggage running for any office in our history. McCain, the personal shadow of Josef Lieberman, the Senator from Tel Aviv, along with dozens of others, could and should all be doing time, not “serving democracy.”
    AMERICA’S POLITICAL MESS, TIME TO START OVER
    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/03/05/gordon-

  • FergalR

    I don't know who most of the people the Huff shitroll mention in the first paragraph are. Doesn't Obama admit to having taken cocaine when he was younger? Doesn't that drug induce psychopathy?

    Q. Why isn't he one their list?

    A. They are arseholes.

    • Waffa

      maybe because taking cocaine has no proof of one is psychopath. Specially if one is not regular user. maybe he took LSD also and went pacifist instead now? Or understands better the realty now? as silly as it sounds it has more grounds then your connection.
      People need to understand the drugs.

      To bring your personal hate here is just silly.

      no i am not Obama fanboy

      • FergalR

        Oh, I'm sorry. I was talking about cocaine. 70% or more pure that street hoods have access to and use to turn young women into whores with half a gram of. You might have thought I was talking about the 90% dental anaesthetic and paracetamol powder that obnoxious dilettante desk jockeys spend half their wages on.

        To bring your obvious ignorance of the horrors of cocaine here is laughable.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, I’m sorry. I was talking about cocaine. 70% or more pure that street hoods have access to and use to turn young women into whores with half a gram of. You might have thought I was talking about the 90% dental anaesthetic and paracetamol powder that obnoxious dilettante desk jockeys spend half their wages on.

    To bring your obvious ignorance of the horrors of cocaine here is laughable.

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