In Praise of Political Pros

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Widespread disgust with a dirty, dysfunctional political establishment has produced a powerful yearning for an “outsider candidate” who can cleanse and repair the fetid mess in Washington. But before the mobilized masses rush to support presidential contenders with no electoral experience, it’s crucial to consider the lessons of history and ordinary common sense.

Polling results show an overwhelming rejection of political pros and business-as-usual. A new USC-Dornsife/Los Angeles Times survey reports that people feel worried by a 5-to-1 ratio about the way America’s politics have changed. The public clearly yearns for another President Lincoln — wise, idealistic and untainted by petty politics. The only problem is that the real “Honest Abe” was a proud professional pol and savvy partisan operator. Lincoln first ran for the Illinois legislature at age 23 and spent his adult life seeking or holding public office….

Read the full column at USATODAY.COM.

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  1. Lee  •  Dec 17, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I can’t speak for Lincoln’s time… but as my dear old dad would say about this current crop of “professional” politicians and honesty:

    “You can’t make chicken salad out of chickensh*t”

  2. Lee  •  Dec 17, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    or ChickenHawks… They’re one in the same.

  3. Eddie  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    How inappropriately timed. On the day that our previous VP candidate pushed an Omnibus bill that even the Democrats can’t believe got passed (full funding for Planned Parenthood, full funding for illegal aliens, expanding the H1B program when our workforce participation rate is the worst it’s been since your favorite president, Jimmy Carter, and SO MUCH MORE) endorsing professional politicians is exactly the wrong thing to say.

    Michael, you have been asked again and again why shutting down the government is a bad thing. I understand your rationale, and it makes sense to a point. By shutting down the government, the possibility of getting more Democrats elected goes way up. Ok, so far. But what difference does it make having Republicans elected when they are encouraged by their leadership to vote exactly like a Democrat? When the GOP took the threat of shutdown off the table, it was no different than Obama announcing when we would be pulling forces out of Iraq. The opposition had no fear.

    The Democrats say, “We are going to fund Planned Parenthood, even after they are caught red-handed selling baby parts.”
    The GOP says, “No you are not.”
    The Democrats say, “Either we fund PP, or we will shut down the government and blame you.”
    The GOP says, “Ok. We’ll fund it. But you are off our Christmas list!”

    In case you are wondering why the Conservative voter is looking outside of the professional political class, you need look no further than the Omnibus bill.

    • John  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      I’m sorry but you are simply foolishly indoctrinated, just like the leftists. You swallow the silliness spewed by “other” right wing screamers. LISTEN to Michael!! His reasoning is flawless!
      Also, if you don’t think there is any difference between them and us, you need to just go ahead and drink the Kool Aid! Again LISTEN TO MICHAEL!! He demonstrates the division quite well, I will admit they share more in common than I would like, but there is certainly enough difference to way more than matter. Your ire should be placed at the Socialized educational system that has indoctrinated yours mine and the two generations past is into being far to comfortable with Keins, Humanism, Socialism, Collectivism, reliance on Government instead of self reliance and on and on it goes.
      Instead of looking for our week links notice the Ark full of Sheeple, passing by.

      • Eddie  •  Dec 19, 2015 at 12:31 am

        Do you have specific examples of how it would be worse with total Democrat control? Because I seem to recall a time not that long ago with a supermajority in both House and Senate and even they did not get a bill like this passed. Can you name one thing on your typical lefty wish list outside of gun control that wasn’t on this bill?

    • Jay Pole  •  Dec 23, 2015 at 6:10 pm

      PP was never, ever caught “red-handed selling baby parts”. The problem with most Americans is that they are willing to believe any kind of nonsense so long as it backs up their prejudices and mythologies.

  4. Jim Bird  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    So perfectly stated, Thank You. My anger towards Republicans no longer allows me to follow a standard of sane articulation like yours. Thanks, again.

  5. Steve Bhaerman  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Once again, Michael you are a voice of reason and sanity in a political climate of fear and manipulation. Back in the Bush days, progressives were shouting “Impeach Bush!” and during the Obama years, conservatives were shouting, “Impeach Obama!”

    The fact is we need to impeach the entire impeachable system. No one person from the right, nor anyone from the left can do this. We need to bring right and left front and center to confront the dysfunction of a government for hire that represents a small percentage of us. Outsiders like Trump and Carson feed the anger and frustration (all too understandable) and yet don’t have the vision to really unite America in a good way, nor frankly even manage the day to day of being not just President and Commander in Chief but a diplomat. As for the others, Bush and Rubio are tools of the neocons who led us into the rat hole in Iraq, and Cruz is among the most hated politicians in America on both sides (you could look it up). Of the entire bunch Rand Paul seems the most principled because of his willingness to stand up to the military industrial complex. Conservatism used to stand for … well, conservatism … caution. Remember “conservative” bankers? Well they’ve been overtaken by the “banksters” who are running a casino where unfortunately we the people are NOT the house. Until the Republican Party deals with its devolution into the party of greed, the true value of conservatism — hard working, steadfast, practical, frugal, caring for those who’ve fallen through the cracks without government intervention — we will be locked into a battle between two sides that have part of the answer to the detriment of all the people.

  6. Luis Guzman  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    If you shut down the government Obama wins, and if you don’t Obama wins, the Political ruling class is one and the same in both parties made up of all Democrats, and most of the old fixtures in the Republican party. While the establishment republicans give themselves high fives for the imaginary crumbs they were able to pick up with the passing of this Omnibus bill, Obama is jumping for joy for the millions of new Democrat voters they are gaining with all the ilegal immigrants in sanctuary cities and the Syrian muslim refugees coming into our country.

  7. Lee  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Well we know Mike’s favorite puppet little Marco Rubio can now be classified as not a professional politician or statesman. And why you ask?


    Every other Senator running for President flew back to Washington to vote on that profligate monstrosity. What the hell was Marco doing? The guy is a fraud living off a GOP credit card to advance himself and pay off all his mistresses.

  8. Doug Austin  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Michael, read multiple times for clarity, the comments of Eddie and Steve above. Do you not see how ridiculous it sounds to hear you defend Ryan and the budget awaiting Obama’s signature?????. Based on the results it might as well have been Pelosi as Majority Speaker of the house. She could not have delivered the dems anything better than Ryan did and I, like many, are wondering why I even bother to vote Republican.

  9. Jim Bird  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Typing words like “Hillary,” “Obama,” “liberal,” “Rpublican cowards” on a column with a picture of the best and first Republican in America’s history, is the most disgu

  10. Jim Bird  •  Dec 18, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Sorry, ……. I just vomited in my mouth. …… The most disgusting thing I’ve ever done in my life.

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