The #1 quality of a successful politician is an ability to sell his/her ideas = charisma.
The problem with progressives - they are bad sellers.
They cannot sell even generally good ideas.
For example, they are getting beaten over a basic income.
"Free money to everyone is bad!" - that's what the Republicans keep saying.
And the Democrats keep defending - "No, it's good!"
It is an idiotic response.
Progressives are nice people, with a good hart, but (it's an expression) with "a very small brain".
To promote the idea of basic income they say to people: "You are useless, but we do not want you to starve to death, so we will give you some money just because".
What they should say is: "Republicans base their economy of the premise that most people are lazy and stupid and must be forced into work and guided by a smart ruler. Our ideology is opposite, we think people are genetically creative and want to follow their passion, and we invest into people by helping them get through a rough patch in their life".
And when called "Socialists", what they should say is "Republicans have no actual arguments against our propositions. That is why all they could figure out is using a tactic of a middle school bully - calling us names. We fight for social fairness. Anyone can call us anything they want. But our program is practical, pragmatic, and for the benefits of the 99 % of our people".
Idiocy comes as a result of arrogance and narcissism: "If it is not a my idea, it cannot be a good idea".
Appendix II Some excerpts from my tweets.
The Degradation of The White Male American Elite (it also provides an official definition of what "an idiot" actually means).
This site has much more. How wants to spend lots of time on boring reading and thinking? You’re welcome!
OK, I'll tell you.
"Idiocy is an inability to reason".
"An idiot is a person who is incapable of thinking logically".
The reasons are psychological and rooted in the culture (education) one was immersed in when growing up. But this term is to be only applied to people who claim to be smart, or who are supposed to be smart due to their social position, and demonstrate the opposite.