A Theory About Public Officials’ Bad Behavior
Hello. Me again. I know.
A psychologist said that millionaires, for instance, there’s something about their personalities. They’re risk takers and the same traits and qualities that make them successful and adventurous also make them prone to fall for scams — gullible. It’s two flip sides or at least two flip subsequences of a certain personality/psychology.
So, my theory:
The same psychology that allows someone to stand in front of a nation and tout themselves as a champion of family values or morality — you’ve already got to be some kind of extrovert attention daredevil to run for public office and then rise to a position of leadership AND THEN be willing to be bold enough to say I stand for goodness and morality “I’m morally better than you” (which puts you under scrutiny of people looking for weakness and hypocrisy) — is the same psychology that allows someone to, say, have an affair or solicit prostitutes and escorts or risky, public sex.
Or gambling, William Bennett. Or drugs, Rush Limbaugh. Or gay sex and meth, Ted Haggard. Or a blow job in the Oval Office with a zaftig intern, Mr. Clinton.
How can you seek public office and recognition, wield power and still maintain humility. In a sense, you’re already corrupt or conflicted.
So it’s my hypothesis, if not an original one, that this is a clinically defineable personality type: the moral hypocrite.
Whatever shame or vice they inwardly embody, they outwardly compensate with public action and conviction. And vice versa?
Two sides of the same coin. In a sense, in my twisted way of thinking, not hypocrisy at all. Counterbalanced behavioral extremes, which are unfortunately at the expense of the public. Sorry, gays.
Addendum: In fact, the more I think about it. You can’t have one without the other. Not that the other is always some dark vice but there will be an outlet. Maybe that’s how we all keep going. Like every battery works through a negative and positive terminal, creating the energy potential, maybe we’re built that way, too.
It’s the tension, the opposites, that keeps us going. Deficits that require satiating. Our drives and motives. Yeh. Maybe.
HISSSSSSS. AND BOO.
But actually seeing Rove interact with journalists and interviewers … this is the guy who had the President’s ear? No wonder the Administration made so many crappy decisions.
Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld, Snow, Rove, Gonzales. Na na na na. Hey hey hey. Goodbye.
Worst President and Administration ever. So far.
And while I’m here, what the hell happened to Dennis Miller? I used to like that guy. I have a few of his “Rants” books. Seems like after he got his — married with children + success — he circled the wagons and converted to ultra-conservative xenophobic mode. “Get off my land!” as he sits on a porch with a shotgun cradled in his arms.
Saddest of all, he’s not funny. He’s just … crotchety. Watch his mini-monologues on “The Half Hour News Hour”, Fox’s answer to The Daily Show. He’s doing all of these sycophantic “Why I like George Bush” minilogues. Or don’t, actually. It’s a bad show.
Oh crap! I have to pay rent again??