‘Politicians are rarely normal people’

Hey — I didn’t say that — but I’ve often been tempted to think it. I did write about the broader topic of sociopaths, narcissists, and the like in a series or articles a year ago: The untold story of history: American political psychopaths.

Yesterday at Real Clear Politics writers Caitlin Huey-Burns and Scott Conroy had a post “Why Would Anyone Run for Congress These Days?” The following passage is from it:

“Politicians are rarely normal people,” said Chris Chocola, the director of the conservative Club for Growth (and a former congressman himself) who is involved in recruiting conservative candidates to challenge incumbent Republicans. “I don’t try to talk them out of running, but I ask this question: So you think you can go fix Washington when there’s thousands of people who haven’t been able to? What makes you think you’re different?”