It is one of life’s most unfortunate ironies that the people who are best suited to win an election are probably the least well suited to nurture the fruits of their victory.

But, then again, an election is just a glorified popularity contest, so perhaps we should expect those who make the most noise to win through.


While one cannot always be sure which candidate in an election will be victorious, invariably the ego always is.

“Vote for me! Vote for me! Vote for me!”

“And, if I vote for you, what’s in it for me?”

Which is why, no matter who you elect, nothing is going to change. Until that “me me me” dynamic is changed.


The candidate who usually triumphs in an election is the candidate who gives the most people the promise that – if he or she is elected – they will feel better.

Indeed, what many people are looking for from their politicians (and everyone else) is the guarantee that they will always feel good, no matter what. That, whatever problems they may have in life, no matter. Because, if such and such is elected, all of those problems will magically disappear.

This is why blatant liars and conmen win elections. Because only blatant liars and conmen can make such promises while keeping a straight face.

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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