I’ve often desired to cut down on all those out-of-touch career politicians. But now that you mention it, the mere fact of being a career politician isn’t the problem. The problem is that career politicians live in places like D.C. and are flanked every day by lobbyists, by the tiny fraction of Americans who are politically active, and by their colleagues in that same distorted beltway reality. They spend tremendous time and energy fundraising, which, over many years and decades, teaches them to act in certain ways, to convince wealthy people to donate, to ensure lobbyists keep fundraising for them, and to avoid saying things that offend the wrong people. At the end of the day, do they really have much time left to think about the masses who don’t donate, or to consider policy ideas that have no billionaires or big corporations backing them?
But what if we could reconnect politicians with ordinary Americans, with more diverse points of view, and with researchers and experts that have little connection to government today? What if politicians didn’t spend so much time fundraising? Then maybe “career politicians” wouldn’t bother me.