As a quick follow-up to my previous post, here are some personality profiles on both President Obama and Governor Romney that were published by Audrey Immelman, a political psychologist, during the 2008 election season. It’s uncanny how true-to-form Obama has been since taking office:
Obama (a “confident conciliator”):
http://www.immelman.us/news/barack-obamas-leadership-style/ (this is especially interesting)
Romney (“dutiful and dominant”):
I don’t think that a candidate’s personality is overly predictive of electoral success, but I do think that personality is extremely important to predicting or understanding governing style and overall effectiveness once elected. Thus, taking a candidate’s personality into consideration is important.