Arnold Kling

Selection and Politicians

Sacrificing an Economic Advise... What the Mainstream Can Learn ...

Today's news (usually not my best blog topic) is Eliot Spitzer. When I heard about his, er, affair, I started wondering: Is every successful politician that arrogant? Does our process work that well at selecting for arrogance, or am I suffering from an availability bias? Maybe a random sample of successful politicians and a random sample of ordinary people would have equal proportions of people capable of believing that they can get away with in private that which they denounce in public. But somehow, I doubt it.

Anyway, about 3/4 of the way through this interview, conducted a few months back, political consultant Roger Stone hones on Spitzer's personality. It's worth a listen.

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CATEGORIES: Political Economy

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Dan Weber writes:

Seems about typical for Spitzer's hypocrisy:

He gave himself the job of prosecuting Wall Street, then turned around and asked Wall Street for protection money. I mean, campaign donations.

Ironman writes:

You have no idea how deep Spitzer's arrogance is ingrained - consider this tale from his days at Princeton, and see if the story doesn't make you smile!

Here's the storyteller's take on the latest incident.

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