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  Why So Many Politicians Are Such A--holes
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Apr 07, 2021 09:20am
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AuthorJohn F. Harris
News DateThursday, March 11, 2021 09:30:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionPoliticians have devoted their professional lives to the art of public persuasion. Reputation is everything. Success hinges on getting as many people as possible to view their ideas and their life stories as sympathetically as possible.

Sounds simple enough. But here is a puzzle: Why are so many people in the business of being likable actually so unlikable?

Not unlikable merely in the awkward, eye-rolling, prefer-not-to-spend-much-time-with-that-clod sense. Unlikable in the toxic, misanthropic, something-must-be-wrong-with-him sense. In other words: in the Andrew Cuomo sense. Or at least, it is now clear, the way many subordinates and fellow politicians experienced Cuomo on many occasions.
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