You didn’t ask me but you hit one of my hot buttons:

Do you think that our President needs to be someone we ‘like’ or could we think they are a real jerk who gets shit done and still be a good candidate?

I think that more often than not, talented Presidents ARE jerks. It’s just that in the pre-Reagan past, the media would cover for the president’s jerkiness (you never heard about Kennedy’s Advanced Sexual Gymnastics until decades later) and now, the media covers for their ideologic allies and magnifies matters for their ideologic enemies. So, you don’t really know (oftentimes) how jerky the President is until they are out of office and the tell-alls start to get written.

Back when everyone was speculating about Trump’s “narcissistic disorder”, articles appeared in various publications (like Psychology Today) discussing the fact that most successful Presidents score fairly high on tests of narcissism; in fact, a higher level of narcissism than the average population seemed to be a requirement for doing the job well.

So, yes, the President can be an asshole and still be a good president. And, unfortunately, the voters probably put more emphasis on likability than they should.

On the reasons why you do not ‘like’ Hillary (which clearly many people don’t — again, completely ok), where do you think those reasons for your ‘dislike’ comes from?

Hm. I don’t really have that many emotions towards Hilary. I lean right, obviously, but when I don’t vote for a person, I still have specific reasons other than their party. And there were several very specific reasons why I believed her to be unsuitable for the Presidency.

I am trying this new thing where I don’t immediately attack someone based on my internal reaction to their words.

Always an admirable trait.

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Data Driven Econophile. Muslim, USA born. Been “woke” 2x: 1st, when I realized the world isn’t fair; 2nd, when I realized the “woke” people are full of shit.

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