Wednesday, March 12, 2008
I'm certainly not alone in suspecting that what happened to Gov Spitzer involved more than some routine examinations of unusual bank transactions coincidentally leading to shocking revelations of abysmal personal behavior. Look at former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, a horrifying conspiracy that resists exposure, so frightening are the implications. But there's one characteristic even most of the lower level elected politicians I've met - the council reps, mayors, freeholders - have in common; hubris. You can't chat with these people for five minutes without feeling it. Never mind that they're among the most unimaginative, incurious folks you'll ever meet. Doesn't seem to matter what level of education they've had, Ivy League grad school or community college. Some of them ooze neurotic insecurity. But the hubris is there nonetheless. If you agree with their politics, all you can do is hope they don't overinflate & explode, or get sidetracked by personal obsessions they have the power to satisfy.