I have a wee fascination with the topic of People Behaving Badly, perhaps because so many people do it and do it oh-so-badly. In that vein, I came across this rather shocking, but also funny, blog post about politicians who are bullies on rabbleca.com, which is a really nicely put together blog site that takes a progressive slant on Canadian politics.
(No, I’m not Canadian and you may not be Canadian either — though if you are, you’re certainly welcome here. I just laughed when I read this because the type — powerful bully — is so recognizeable.)
It’s a kind of long post — you might want to get a cup of coffee before reading it. But I especially liked the story about one Prime Minister who was so mean his staff called a National Bullying Hotline to report him. I also liked the sober note towards the end — about why bullying doesn’t really advance a politician’s career in the long run. “So why are we under the illusion that furrow-browed, anger machines get stuff done?,” writer Eric Mang asks. “They don’t. It’s like the episode of Seinfeld where George’s strategy of looking busy while actually doing nothing was to stomp around in a perennial mood of irritation.”