"Some horrid little part of the mind thinks it can get power by associating with it (you get cooties just as often) I call it "rent-a-belt disease" and I've seen it happen too many times."
Boy have I ever seen this!
fawning sycophants, yes-men, groupies, brown-nosers, gold-diggers, the "its-who-you-know" crowd, ad nauseum.
Problem is, sometimes you CAN get power by associating with it, and for some people, that's a better strategy than relying on, say, talent.
So endearing, and worse if the person in power is oblivious or enjoys it.