Sunday, October 17, 2010

Why normal people don't run for office (II)

David Brooks takes on the issue in a column that mostly reads like a hagiography of Mark Kirk:

Today’s political environment encourages narcissism and inflames insecurity.
[P]eople who run for public office put themselves in a position in which everybody is inclined to believe the worst about them. The things that are ripe for ridicule become famous. The accomplishments fade from view. The cynics of the world, which includes almost everybody when it comes to politics, write you off as a sleazeball because it feels so good and superior to do so.

Megan McArdle has her own ideas of what to do with people who are obsessive and boring enough to successfully navigate the Facebook age without something embarrassing coming out: round them up and put them in camps.

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