Explains a lot about the debate ‘answers’ we heard.

Traits that are common among psychopathic serial killers—a grandiose sense of self-worth, persuasiveness, superficial charm, ruthlessness, lack of remorse and the manipulation of others—are also shared by politicians and world leaders. Individuals, in other words, running not from the police. But for office. Such a profile allows those who present with these traits to do what they like when they like, completely unfazed by the social, moral or legal consequences of their actions.

Why does this seem oddly relevant?



  1. MikeN says:

    That same picture was placed by the Ad folks in a post about the Biden debate.

  2. orchidcup says:

    Why am I not surprised?

  3. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Anecdotal support is found in Obama’s reaction to four dead in Libya, campaigning.

  4. deowll says:

    When tested in a study successful politicians can also lie convincingly. They would make fine actors, I guess. By the way those traits are also commonly found in the legal profession. They tend to be legalistic. That is B. Clinton allowed Monica to service him but didn’t touch her while she was doing it thus feeling secure because the law says he must touch her or no sex act has occurred. I would dearly love to know how his fellow lawyer, H. Clinton, expressed her views on this topic to him.

    • bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

      She probably told him he was wrong about the touching characterization.

  5. Randomized says:

    The biggest difference is that psychopathic serial killers are usually executed while politicians live well into old age with the greatest care in the world.

  6. sargasso_c says:

    Psychopaths cannot empathise. They practise smiling in a mirror, practise crying in a mirror, practise killing on animals and generally come across as “nice” because they practise, practise, practise at being charming.

  7. McCullough says:

    Does droning innocent civilians count as psychopathic behavior?

    • NewformatSux says:

      No innocent civilians have been droned. It has been leaked to the papers that Obama reviews every target personally while contemplating just war theory.

  8. hmeyers says:

    October 16

  9. Gorgo says:

    There are more psychopaths around than you might think.
    http://psinvestigates.com/Psychopath%20At%20Work,%20Home%20and%20Play.htm

  10. Duh! says:

    You’re just NOW realizing this?!

    You might also like to note that MOST of our politicians are also LAWYERS!!! And anyone who has ever reached the age of 8 knows “lawyer” is just a euphemism for LIAR!

    And guess what? Barack Obama is the ONLY LAWYER with a serious chance at becoming president for 2013 to 2017! The only other viable choice is a businessman.

  11. soundwash says:

    ah..this is really old news, is it not?

    -IIRC, knowledge and understanding of the politician-psychopath link goes back to at least roman times.

    i mean come’on, -almost every high-level position of power across the globe today is held by a psychopath.

    a minor difference these days is that many of today’s psychopaths prefer to sit back and control the “useful idiot” pscho-puppet they installed into the presidential position from a high level advisory/cabinet position. these are people who are typically appointed by the useful idiot -never elected by The People.

    i.e. positions that have some real power to effect policy both locally and globally, (preferably behind doors that can lock out both selected individuals (or all of) congress as well as the public under ruses with the same type of power wielded by the illusionary National Security Umbrella)

    -s

  12. bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

    Business Men and Politicians line up more closely than with Lawyers. The two former “love” you if they think you can be used or are their side. If you aren’t, then you are the enemy or nothing to them…. kinda like being part of the 47% or the 99% or whatever the context is.

    Lawyers don’t have that personality structure. They are more cognizant and don’t care about who’s side anyone is on==only what they are being paid to do.

    Lots of overlap, but definitely different.

  13. MikeN says:

    So we should look for a murderous rampage at the next debate? Obama is under pressure to shake things up, so maybe that’ll work. The media can just pretend it never happened.