Today’s Quote of the Day comes in two parts; the headline above, and the quote from the tail end of the highly-suggested piece by the Ledger’s Editorial Board, which nails it 100%:
The point is that guys like DiVincenzo and Stack don’t give a damn about grand causes. They think about state aid, and they think about hedging their bets. If Attila the Hun were favored to win in November, they might endorse him as well.
And if that means a single mom who can’t pay her rent because she works a lousy job for minimum wage must be thrown overboard, then that’s the way it goes.
The polite term for guys like these is “transactional politician.” They are guided by a simple calculation of benefits they provide against benefits they receive.
The impolite term for them is much shorter.