Expect to continue to hear Mitt Romney denigrate “career politicians” as a way of criticizing rival Rick Perry (in photo), who has held public office nonstop since 1985. But “your career politician is my devoted public servant,” argued Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus. She added: “Wanting to do the right thing doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to get it done. The political short-timer has little interest in forging relationships or building the coalitions necessary for productive compromise.” And Marcus concluded that every time a “career politician” is disparaged, “it’s worth wondering why the attacker professes to so disdain the very vocation he so avidly seeks.”
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