Why I could never be a politician

 I was listening to an NPR story the other day about a recent Hillary Clinton rally in Indianapolis.  Since the rally was on Pennsylvania St, her Indiana campaign co-chair, Joe Hogsett, proclaimed, with seeming passion and authenticity, “We're gonna take this campaign from Pennsylvania Street in Indianapolis, Indiana, all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”  Hearing such (typical) political absurdity I couldn't help but roll my eyes and wonder about the people who would actually be inspired by such silly rhetoric (most of us?).  Then it occurred to me, how could I ever say such a ridiculous line with a straight face, much less mean it.  Yet, we hear such political humdingers all the time, so it is clearly just part of politics.  Conclusion: no way could I ever run for elective office.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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