Well, the answer is usually pretty simple. Leftie movers and shakers are extremely ambitious, often ruthlessly so, and have unshakeable confidence in their own very limited abilities. They are often very good actors, too. They really know how to look the part they're playing.
And when I say they are acting, I don't mean that their doing so is a conscious, calculating choice. If it were they wouldn't be so convincing. They sincerely believe what they are pretending to be ... They're kinda method actors in that sense. But they're still performing a role that has little to do with reality. And their credulous fans lap it up.
Gillian Triggs is surely the best example of this phenomenon locally. She's got that noble martyr look down pat! So when she appears at some hearing or other and haughtily answers her critics she's pressing all the right buttons in the minds -- or should I say hearts -- of her numerous supporters.
The jaw-dropping extent to which she's got these poor little poppets completely and utterly fooled is evidenced by their awed reaction to her recent interview in The Saturday Paper.
Her fanbois see what they wanna see:Excellent interview. #HRC Gillian Triggs, strong woman, much admired, stands her ground! https://t.co/kmp1QQvgoq pic.twitter.com/80gh3xyEJ7— Girrali (@Girrali) April 24, 2016
But more well informed, sceptical and incisive types see the same interview very differently.That Gillian Triggs interview in TSP is quite something. Amongst other things, utterly destroys what's left of George Brandis' credibility— Ben Eltham (@beneltham) April 23, 2016