PanAm747: That doesn't make sense. That's like you saying Bush is a terrible President because he has a GOOD relationship with his staff.
No, not because of that
But politicians on his level of responsibility usually can´t afford to do it as a 9-to-5 job - unless their staff is covering for him on the "leftovers". That´s
where I´m not really impressed.
PanAm747: Leadership and politics is all about relationships, pure and simple. If you don't have good relations with your fellow leaders and your citizens, you are on your way out. Just ask Congressman James Trafficant, he's about to order his moving van in a few weeks.
Leadership also means you´re on top of the issues. And that requires effort. A lot
of effort in a top job.
PanAm747: I'm not against divorce, but I have to wonder why that guy you mentioned has been divorced 4 times. Three times
, actually, for both our chancellor Gerhard Schröder and our foreign minister Joschka Fischer, so far.
And both are doing very decent jobs.
Contrary to the former chancellor Helmut Kohl, for instance, who had a very conventional family situation but nearly ran our state finances into the ground while very likely accepting party donations in return for manipulating privatisation of state-owned conglomerates. If it hadn´t been for his role in the re-unification, he might have gone to jail for refusing to speak up about his role in the infamous CDU donations scandal.
We´ve already had to watch far too many of the most pronounced "law and order" and "moral values" proponents going down in flames to still believe that ancient myth.
PanAm747: He couldn't learn from the first two? There are plenty of couples who keep strong marriages even though they have seperate careers and endure many days apart.
Yes. But even more don´t
make it under circumstances such as this.
There are numerous examples of people with messy and unimpressive personal lives who put all their effort into their position - and excel at that. And on the other hand you´ll find any number of hypocrites and bigots with supposedly perfect family lives and "values" who just can´t be bothered with the responsibility they´ve got in their jobs.
This supposed link just doesn´t exist - it´s a myth. Which becomes very clear under circumstances with less conformity pressure.