Puzzling. In New York Magazine, Jonathan Chait contends Donald Trump won't be able to be elected president because he's crazy. Mmmmm.
Were Teddy Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Richard Nixon playing with a full deck? You wouldn't conclude that if you read their biographies. Roosevelt was likely bipolar. Kennedy had serial addictions. And Nixon seemed wired for pathological forms of resentment and insecurity.
More to the point, as Tufts University psychiatrist Nassir Ghaemi documents in "A First-Rate Madness," leaders who are mentally off function spendidly in crisis. That's why George W. Bush, who tilts to the normal side, wasn't a great president.
I ask Chait to provide me with a list of people who aren't crazy. I have a hunch he will be able to come up with no one, including himself, to put on that list. Monday night I attended a birthday birthday party attended by your middle-class Everyman and Everywoman. Applying my categories from Psych 101, I assessed all of them as troubled, each in his or her one way. So?