I know that this isn’t the same America that it was when I was born–hell, I know that it’s not the same America that it was 10 years ago; but the last I looked, it’s still America, and we don’t have a royal class. Why then are we treating The Swimmer like he was Royalty?
Maybe the machiavelians were right–all that matters in politics is giving the community what they demand, regardless of ethics or principle. If the mob demands bread and circuses, you give them bread and circuses. All that matters is getting a slice of the loot and keeping it, and if you can give your supporters the lion’s share, they will love you for it.