February 7, 2016
The famous University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato used to give out stickers proclaiming: “Politics is a good thing!”
His point was that politics – in the classical meaning anyway – is how we get things accomplished in a democracy. We debate. We bargain. We compromise. Think of it that way, and politics simply means a civil way of solving problems.
There’s another connotation to the word “politics,” though, and that one means empty sloganeering and partisan gamesmanship.
Which brand of politics will prevail in the current General Assembly?