It’s How They Succeed

by Don Boudreaux on December 29, 2009

in Business as usual, Politics

This report on New York governor David Paterson’s effort to enhance his political prestige by super-sizing his security detail calls to mind H.L. Mencken’s description of the chief talent of successful politicians:

their power to impress and enchant the intellectually underprivileged.

This quotation is on pages 148-149 of A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949).

(HT to Reuvain Borchardt for alerting me to Mr. Paterson’s grotesque self-promotion.)

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