The more I think about this charisma issue, the more it’s confusing me. Like I said in my last post, it seems to allow a charismatic person the ability to get elected easily, but it does not grant that person powers of persuasion as such. This doesn’t really make sense to me; and perhaps it isn’t even accurate. But, in the past, I’ve noticed that politicians cannot use charisma to help another, non-charismatic politician.
I realized today that this may well extend to issues as well, meaning that a charismatic person can’t actually change peoples’ minds. But if he can’t do that, well, why does charisma seem so powerful? Why does it enable someone who has it to attract legions of loyal followers?