............................this stuff is going to stop:
"In America today we have an appearance of partisanship and polarization when the cameras are running; behind the scenes there’s a bipartisan commitment from all sectors of the political class to cash in."
"To gain office and rise in the Washington hierarchy, politicians must grandstand for the cameras, highlighting their fidelity to conservative, liberal or moderate ideology as the case may be. But to cash in, at some point they have to leave all that stuff behind, and join the general back scratching and hand washing of the permanent political class."
Both quotes excerpted from this Walter Russell Mead essay.