Friday, June 26, 2009

How delusional does a person in a high-level public office have to be to think that they can leave the country to carry on an affair, without letting a single soul know where they were, and still manage to keep their marriage and political career intact?

It's an interesting and predictable phenomenon in politicians.

Narcissistic, selfish, egotistic behavior at its height.

So narcissistic, in fact, that the governor seems incapable of even understanding the gravity of his situation.

Surely there is some psychological disorder, or category, that can be created to label politicians and their bad behavior as part of a larger mental incapacitation on their part.

Once we establish what "it" is, we can start profiling political candidates and ruling them out on the basis of their disability--self-absorbed, lying scoundrels.

Oh wait...then we wouldn't have any politicians.

"Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys" needs to be changed to "Mama, don't let your babies grow up to marry politicians."


jackscrow said...

It reads as if he was "infatuated' to the point of insanity.

That type of behavior (in male or female) is sometimes also closely related to depression. Seriously.

He might very well be literally insane.

Talon said...

Take it easy. I used to cover politics. Politicians are like athletes or rock stars. They're always on the road, have people fawning over them all day, have pretty women desperate to do favors for them or work on campaigns. It would be amazing if any were faithful to spouses.

I am opposed to Sanford as a politician, but it is no surprise that someone in his shoes does what he did.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Yes, what you come to expect you come to feel you deserve. I am not confident that adulation would not have ruined me, and made me feel entitled rather than grateful.

Of course, I'm pretty well ruined even by mild affection, so maybe I'm not a good example...

terri said...

I go with jackscrow's comment--literally insane.

It's not the affair that I find so's the shock at its consequences. If you're going to screw up in such a magnificently public way, you should have at least some clue about what the fall-out is going to be and not whine about it or seem shocked that lots of people are furious with you.

One of the articles I read has the governor comparing himself to King David, stating that King David didn't have to leave his kingship after his affair with Bathsheba and the murder of her therefore the governor thinks he shouldn't have to leave office either.

I think once people start comparing themselves to ancient biblical figures they are definitely in "delusional" territory.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Heh. Bill Clinton made the same comparison.