Selection and Politicians
By Arnold Kling
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.