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It’s How They Succeed

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This report [2] 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 [3] (1949).

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