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The Obsession of a Political Adviser – “Recollections of a Bleeding Heart” – Don Watson

March 21st, 2012 · No Comments · Policy, Politics

What else, after all, can a political adviser do? The job demands a level of obsession. It is not always rational. You subvert your own better judgment about your own better interests. You refuse to be offended by refusal. But what is a bit of lost dignity if it is necessary to persuade the powerful? It is not power over him that you want, but seeing his power expanded. It is not making him submit, but seeing him flourish. This process, when it is boiled down, puts his dignity at greater risk than yours. And he cannot be powerful without dignity. His dignity is worth everything and yours is a trifle. And in any case you have to love the bastard. A lot of us used to say it, you couldn’t work for him unless you did.

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