Pols Are Pols: GOP Edition

Discussing Mitch McConnell's hypocritical (he was a strong advocate for it not long ago) vote against the Conrad-Gregg deficit commission (a terrible idea BTW), Ezra Klein writes:

McConnell's actions cannot be explained by beliefs, which is something that makes people very uncomfortable. But they can be explained by party incentives, which is something that makes people even more uncomfortable. We're very familiar with a model of Congress in which legislators disagree over policy and that causes them to vote against one another. We're much more concerned by the idea that they don't disagree at all, but are simply trying to win the next election. But the latter does a much better job explaining how congresspeople actually vote.

No kidding? Who'da thunk it? At some point these sob stories have to stop. McConnell, like all of them, is a pol. They do what they do. The most important thing in their lives ALWAYS is the next election. The key for citizens and activists is to pressure them to pander towards you. Enough with the Pollyanna acts. Ezra's post is a good one, but my gawd, where was he for the past year? Sobbing about pols being pols.

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    How old is that fool? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Salo on Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 02:59:04 PM EST
    8? 9?

    Close...He's 68 (none / 0) (#4)
    by DFLer on Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 03:36:24 PM EST
    Oh, you mean Ezra's age! :)

    I'd rather........ (none / 0) (#2)
    by mmc9431 on Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 03:09:07 PM EST
    More important than Ezra realizing pols are pols, is that Obama realizes it (and soon please).

    But if The Villagers (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Mon Feb 01, 2010 at 03:33:35 PM EST
    can't pretend that the pols are acting on sincere policy beliefs, then they can't just have two opposing policy heads on their talking heads shows and let them shout it out. The host of the show might actually have to discern some truth someplace. I can see why it "makes people very uncomfortable"

    All 40 Republican Senators (none / 0) (#5)
    by bob h on Tue Feb 02, 2010 at 06:18:58 AM EST
    also voted against extending the debt ceiling.  What will happen next time when there are more of them?  Will they trigger a global financial meltdown as the US defaults on its bonds?