As my friend Javier always says, “it’s hard to be so perfect all the time.” See who was right when she said that the voters don’t care about either Benghazi or the IRS-Tea Party scandal:
According to the survey, which was conducted Friday and Saturday, 53% of Americans say they approve of the job the president is doing, with 45% saying they disapprove. The president’s approval rating was at 51% in CNN’s last poll, which was conducted in early April.
“That two-point difference is well within the poll’s sampling error, so it is a mistake to characterize it as a gain for the president,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “Nonetheless, an approval rating that has not dropped and remains over 50% will probably be taken as good news by Democrats after the events of the last week.”
We can disagree on whether the voters should care, but the indisputable reality is that they don’t. As I said from the start.
Contrary to popular opinion, the autistics’ unsociability and incapacity to notice non-verbal clues don’t necessarily make them bad judges of either societal trends or individual people. Here is an example. Once, an administrator was being hired at my university and everybody attended introductory meetings with him.
“Well, he might be a tough administrator,” people agreed afterwards, “but at least he is completely honest and open about everything. You can just see that he is incapable of holding back his opinions.”
I was the only person in the entire group who disagreed.
“No,” I said, “this is a very insincere and fake person. When somebody repeats the words “honesty” and “openness” so many times in one encounter, this must mean he is conscious of possessing neither characteristic.”
Everybody stared at me with a barely concealed exasperation reserved for the deeply unsociable who pretend to understand how the “normal” humans function.
Years passed and the new administrator turned out to be the most dishonest and fake person most of us had ever seen. His capacity for lying and scheming was unparalleled. It turned out I had been completely right about him from the start for the simple reason that I never paid attention to the fake body language and facial expressions meant to convey honesty (and that sociopathic personalities know very well how to imitate) and concentrated only on the words.
The greatest mistake people make when analyzing others is believing that everybody has to be exactly like oneself and attributing one’s own beliefs to everybody else. If I care deeply about Benghazi, then everybody else surely must too, many people say to themselves. This is a mistake which an autistic, a person whose central life experience is that of being different, is a lot less likely to make.