For John, BLUF: Being liked by the New Class should not be the criteria for picking a leader. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From the Hoover Center we have an article by Prof Victor Davis Hanson, from Wednesday, 31 May 2017.
Here are two key paragraphs:
From what we can tell, the more Rome prospered under Claudius, the more the imperial court grew to despise him—as if his odd mannerisms and the even odder way he came to power could not be squared with the able administration of a far-flung empire over the 13 years of his reign.Grab your violin and read the whole thing and learn a little history.
In the end, Claudius was likely murdered by dynastic rivals and relatives who thought that a young, glib, handsome, intellectual, and artistic Nero would be a pleasant relief from the awkwardness, bluntness, and weirdness of Claudius. What followed was the triumph of artists, intellectuals, stylish aristocrats, obsequious dynastic insiders, and flatterers—many of them eventually to be consumed by the reign of terror they so eagerly helped to usher in.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff