Unfortunately, narcissists are drawn to positions of power, glamour, and prestige. We are likely to find them at the top of social hierarchies throughout society. Their charm and grace easily pave the way for their success. An unchallenged narcissist is likely to go far and even accomplish productive and meaningful outcomes. But, sooner or later, the narcissist becomes their own worst enemy and their overreaching tendencies begin to cause conflict with others. Once a narcissist finds themselves embroiled in conflict - watch out. A narcissist knows no limits to self-protection. All out war in a narcissistic-fueled conflict complete with scorched-people policies become the norm. Nobody is safe.
If this sounds familiar, you have likely engaged with a narcissist at some point in time. If this sounds like the the recent government shutdown fiasco, then we can reasonably assume there is some narcissism at play in Washington, D.C. On a macro-level, we need to do a better job of teasing out potential problems with our public servants before they are elected. Bombast and charisma may sound and look great on the campaign trail, but can be disastrous in a chamber when expecting reason and compromise. On a personal level, the best defense against a narcissist is disengagement. There is no winning here. Wish them well, and then get away fast.
Be kind to each other (from afar is okay) and to yourself.