I’ll always remember one of my first poli sci classes at UNC when the professor asked us to define politics. Someone raised their hand and said in Latin “poli” means many and “ticks” are small bloodsucking termites.
The room laughed. The actual answer was something about politics being the discussion needed to determine best courses of action, but I think that for a lot of people revulsion is a natural reaction to the term politics — and this revulsion has had negative effects on this country lately.
The whole American Health Care Act debacle last week is what made me think of this. While I was satisfied with the result because millions of Americans got to keep their health care and I got a new supply of sad Paul Ryan pics (a relief because I’ve had a shortage of those since the campaign season), why couldn’t the GOP, with a commanding majority in Congress and the presidency, pass anything?
The easy culprit is increased political polarization and simultaneous party fracturing, but my main takeaway is that real estate deals are not like politics.
During the negotiations over the AHCA our president went full throttle — he met with individual members of Congress and used his charm and threats to pull them in. When it wasn’t enough he switched to concessions by changing the bill to satisfy hard-line members of the House Freedom Caucus.