Tuesday, August 20, 2002

The Art of Politics-This is a nice Ben Domenech piece on poltics and compromise. The leaders that patch together winning coalitions may tick off the purists, but a democracy requires a majority. I remember the old quip from the Adlai Stevenson campaign.
"Sir, you've got the vote of every thinking person in America" "That's not enough! We need a majority!"
Sometimes we have to get the "idiots" on board to get the job done. That's why you have the old joke about sausages and laws-you don't want to see them being made. One of the reasons that Bob Dole was a lousy presidential candidate was that he was a legislative wurstmeister, putting everything but the squeal into a bill to get it passed. The compromise-artist doesn't look as decisive as the ideologue. However, we do need the wurstmeisters.

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