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He's a politician just as she is, and any politician who says his/her priority isn't re-election is either lying or an idiot.

WOW !!!

So there's a main reason why people don't vote. Top priority ... get yourself reelected or you're an idiot.

That rings a bell. Every place I've worked ... Quaker Oats, Spawn Mate, PCP. The first priority of the people surrounding me WASN'T "do the best job possible", it was "cover your ass at all costs and don't get fired for your obvious incompetence". 😁

So politicians are like most folks and we wonder why the system is so fucked.

Thank you. It all makes sense now.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 06:38:59 PM EST
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Another revelation:

So we should all be thankful that every politician isn't constantly roiled in some scandal and if one actually does something positive, it's either a miracle or an accident. Is this what the folks during the decline of the Roman Empire saw? Is this the way it is ... coded into human DNA?

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 07:04:32 PM EST
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If the notion that a politician's first priority is to get re-elected is controversial, then people are even more delusional than I thought and they deserve that Orange Nazi.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 08:06:09 PM EST
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Not all have that priority, as David Axelrod noted during his interview of Jon Stewart. He cited the significant number of House Members who voted for the Affordable Care Act, notwithstanding knowing that it would likely make them lose their next election, but voted for it anyway. This DOES happen. It is called 'rising to the occasion' - more than I recall Obama ever doing.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu May 12th, 2016 at 08:39:31 PM EST
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I would say that there is a sliding scale from issue politicians to career politicians. All politicians care about getting elected - those that campaign in order to change their opponents positions or raise an issue but dont really want to get elected are perhaps called by another term. But the issue politicians has primarily an agenda that getting elected would serve, while career politicians adopt an agenda that will get them elected.

Even though it is a sliding scale, Sanders consistency in his core issues would have me place him far to the "issue politician" side, while Clinton is farther to the "career politician" side. Trump is in these terms a "career politician", while Cruz is more of an "issue politician".

by fjallstrom on Fri May 13th, 2016 at 03:55:33 AM EST
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Y'all think much more highly of Bernie in terms of consistency than I do.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sun May 22nd, 2016 at 11:35:56 AM EST
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