Nel­son’s di­ag­no­sis of the great Nar­cis­sus more help­ful to Lib­er­als than Hew­son

Those who won­der why mis­er­able Mal is wreak­ing havoc need to look up nar­cis­sis­tic rage

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John Hew­son of­fers his di­ag­no­sis of the Lib­er­als in The Age, De­cem­ber 6: A di­rec­tion­less, self-ob­sessed rab­ble … One of the hard­est things in life is to see your­self as oth­ers see you — not how you want them to see you. Vot­ers are liv­ing a re­al­ity that our politi­cians just can’t seem to grasp.

Not hard to see how oth­ers see Hew­son? Michael Janda, ABC News, May 8: John Hew­son — who fa­mously lost the “un­los­able” 1993 elec­tion …

Hew­son sees a clear mes­sage for Tony Ab­bott. The Age, De­cem­ber 6: Wasn’t there also a clear mes­sage to Tony Ab­bott, who won his pre­s­e­lec­tion by a few votes when there was no other can­di­date, as a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of the room just didn’t vote?

Hew­son has a small prob­lem with num­bers. Be­van Shields, The Syd­ney

Morn­ing Her­ald, Septem­ber 17: Tony Ab­bott se­cured 68 per cent sup­port in his … pre­s­e­lec­tion … (and of 100 pre­s­e­lec­tors only) two lodged in­for­mal votes.

How did Libs lose Went­worth, Hew­son won­ders. The Age, De­cem­ber 6: How and why did the party lose Went­worth, an iconic Lib­eral seat? This loss can’t be dis­missed as an atyp­i­cal seat.

Er, with Hew­son’s help? Anne Davies, Guardian Aus­tralia, Oc­to­ber 10: The for­mer Lib­eral leader John Hew­son has called on vot­ers in his for­mer seat of Went­worth to … vote against the Lib­er­als. He sug­gested it might take “a drub­bing” in the by-elec­tion on 20 Oc­to­ber to force the party … to re­spond to “the ur­gent chal­lenge” of cli­mate change.

And Mal­colm Turn­bull’s help came a lit­tle late, too. Brighette Ryan, The

Aus­tralian, De­cem­ber 6: Mal­colm Turn­bull has fi­nally cam­paigned for Dave Sharma, seven weeks af­ter the cru­cial Went­worth by-elec­tion.

If it has in fact come. Anna Cald­well, The Daily Tele­graph, De­cem­ber 6: Mal­colm Turn­bull has re­fused to com­ment on whether he would be en­dors­ing Went­worth hope­ful Dave Sharma in the Lib­eral can­di­date’s se­cond loom­ing fight for the (seat) next year. The ques­tion was put to Mr Turn­bull last night … “I would not like to an­swer that,” Mr Turn­bull (said).

So what the heck is Mal­colm up to? Henry Lynch, The Daily Tele­graph, De­cem­ber 6: (Turn­bull’s re­fusal to en­dorse Sharma) capped off a week in which … (he) wreaked havoc for his party, de­spite pre­vi­ously lash­ing in­ter­fer­ing for­mer lead­ers as “mis­er­able ghosts” … Mr Turn­bull … drew the an­nual Christ­mas raf­fle. Prizes in­cluded books by Gough Whit­lam and Paul Keat­ing … One se­nior NSW Lib­eral said yes­ter­day of Mr Turn­bull: “Ev­ery­one in the Lib­eral Party, both mod­er­ate and con­ser­va­tive, (is) won­der­ing what the heck he is up to.”

Re­mem­ber Dr Nel­son’s di­ag­no­sis? Pe­ter Hartcher, The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald, Au­gust 29, 2009: Says (for­mer Lib­eral op­po­si­tion leader Bren­dan) Nel­son: “He’s got nar­cis­sis­tic per­son­al­ity dis­or­der.”

And if you crit­i­cise a nar­cis­sist? Steven Ber­glas, Forbes, May 21, 2012: When you crit­i­cise a nar­cis­sist — re­gard­less of how ac­cu­rate you are — you run the risk of … be­com­ing the tar­get of “nar­cis­sis­tic rage”.

What is nar­cis­sis­tic rage? Pre­ston Ni, Psy­chol­ogy To­day, July 8: Nar­cis­sis­tic rage … (is the) in­tense anger … a nar­cis­sist ex­pe­ri­ences (when he suf­fers) a set­back … which shat­ters his … il­lu­sions of grandios­ity, en­ti­tle­ment, and su­pe­ri­or­ity … (and is ex­pressed in) in­tense out­bursts and sud­den fits of anger … sim­mer­ing re­sent­ment, icy si­lence, de­lib­er­ate ne­glect or cut­ting sar­casm … It is usu­ally un­rea­son­able, dis­pro­por­tional and cut­tingly ag­gres­sive …

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