November 17, 2003

New Reason Online Column --...

Posted by at November 17, 2003 02:48 PM

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I didn't think Arnold's avoidance of directly answering questions indicated poor listening habits. Wasn't he purposely being evasive as part of his campaign strategy? I figured since he was new to the political game, he hadn't yet mastered the art of double-speak, so when a difficult question would come up, he'd kinda just change the subject and go on about it for such a long time so people would forget about the original question.

Still, you're probably right about his narcissism. And if your diagnosis is correct, then it's something to be concerned about.

Narcissists tend to be difficult, lack empathy and blame others for their problems. Narcissism works fine if you're an actor or bodybuilder, but politicians must be able to work well with people.

But so far, his self-interest seems compatible with mine. And with his failure-is-not-an-option type of attitude, maybe he'll work out alright. We'll see.

Posted by: Melinda at November 20, 2003 11:21 AM

Melinda -- I'd see your point more if the questioners were journalists instead of citizens, I guess ... though you may well be right.

Posted by: Matt Welch at November 20, 2003 05:16 PM
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November 17, 2003

New Reason Online Column --...

New Reason Online Column -- 'Socially Liberal, Fiscally Conservative, Personally Narcissist': About our new governor, and the mixture of egomania and politics, and all that stuff.

Posted by at November 17, 2003 02:48 PM
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I didn't think Arnold's avoidance of directly answering questions indicated poor listening habits. Wasn't he purposely being evasive as part of his campaign strategy? I figured since he was new to the political game, he hadn't yet mastered the art of double-speak, so when a difficult question would come up, he'd kinda just change the subject and go on about it for such a long time so people would forget about the original question.

Still, you're probably right about his narcissism. And if your diagnosis is correct, then it's something to be concerned about.

Narcissists tend to be difficult, lack empathy and blame others for their problems. Narcissism works fine if you're an actor or bodybuilder, but politicians must be able to work well with people.

But so far, his self-interest seems compatible with mine. And with his failure-is-not-an-option type of attitude, maybe he'll work out alright. We'll see.

Posted by: Melinda at November 20, 2003 11:21 AM

Melinda -- I'd see your point more if the questioners were journalists instead of citizens, I guess ... though you may well be right.

Posted by: Matt Welch at November 20, 2003 05:16 PM
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