Negotiation and compromise are the skills which politicians need to be successful in the long term. What you see in fora such as these, all the time, is conservatives whining because there is not a pure, conservative agenda being pursued, and liberals whining because there is not a pure, liberal agenda being pursued. But that's not how politics work, anywhere, anywhen. Politicians, for all that we scorn them, are the necessary agents of negotiation and compromise who, when they are not on the grandstand, when they are not in the spotlight, work with other politicians to attempt to get as much of their program as they can, but giving up parts of their hard line so that their political opponents can get as much of their
program as they
It's easy to see what happens when you have fanatical political hardliners like the teabaggers demanding that their party members compromise on nothing. You get the kind of obstruction that can paralyze the Congress. That does no one any good, because although the hated, vilified "libruls" won't get what they want, neither will the teabaggers. Any teabag candidate who is not able to learn this simple lesson, not able to negotiate and compromise, will not have a very long political career.