One of my least favorite aspects of American politics is the Utopian notion that it can be shorn of the “ugly.” It’s a hardy perennial: somehow we can make it pure, and not subject to partisanship, rancor, or negative campaigning. That somehow we can all agree and there will be no special interests, horse-trading, or log-rolling. Money will have no influence.
The genius of our system is that it assumes those ‘ugly’ things are, always have been and always will be part of politics – but we mitigate the effects by pitting factions against each other within a framework of checks and balances.
Here’s a great video from Reason. “Politics aint beanbag.” Or, as Reagan put it: “They say politics is the second oldest profession, but it bears a striking resemblance to the first.”