Well, this is entertaining. As was inevitable, when Donald Trump finally felt compelled to address his Carly Fiorina problem, he skipped right past her scores of impenetrable policy pronouncements and went right after — her face. Trump told Rolling Stone, “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
But Fiorina didn’t have to rush to her own defense, because “Bobby” Jindal decided he was going to stick his pencil neck out there. Jindal, without a hint of irony (or self awareness), called Trump a narcissist (repeatedly):
Ah yes, narcissism. Probably an accusation that any pol should avoid. But let’s not paint with too broad a brush. Some public servants are motivated by the impulse to, well, serve the public. Many see no call to associate themselves with the will of god or any equally self-aggrandizing nonsense. But other pols, including a certain bony Louisiana chief executive, seem peculiarly enamored with themselves and their places in the extra-universal pecking order.
I have my problems with Sam Vaknin, a leading commentator on the subject of narcissism. But he is generally informative, and even a little bit entertaining. Listen to one of his (short) comments about narcissism, and see whether you think this more or less describes an entire modern American political movement:
Jindal, a self-proclaimed vicar of Christ, and a man deeply in love with himself, might not be the ideal spokesman for anti-narcissism. And that goes for his whole party.