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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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