The latest from the Mourdock campaign, as reported by Brian Francisco, reinforces for me the notion that Mr. Mourdock’s most prominent political characteristic is hubris. (“Excessive pride or self-confidence.”)
Excessive pride kind of goes with the territory in politicians and lawmakers. It almost has to. You are getting in front of the public and telling them that you are the best person for the job of writing laws that tell other people what to do.
But Mr. Mourdock’s recent political career, I think, takes things to a higher level. The Francisco article reiterates Mourdock’s disdain for bipartisanship. He says that his party is for low taxes and small government and he has a caricatured view of the Democratic Part as being the antithesis of his party and, therefore, there is no room for compromise. As he said earlier, he sees his job as inflicting his opinion on others.
This overweening pride can be seen elsewhere – his conviction that he knows the will of God such that he can impose that will on rape victims; and his conviction that he knew better about finance, bankruptcy, and economic policy than the vast majority of Chrysler’s other creditors such that he was willing to try to torpedo a deal that 90+% of the creditors had agreed to and kill the American auto industry in the bargain.
A bit of humility would seem to be in order.