Monday, March 22, 2010

Winning on the Merits

While I was watching Meet the Press yesterday, David Gregory made a comment that hurt my ears.

"I'm asking you a political question," he said, "and it's not always about merits in politics."

There are real costs and benefits associated with every decision. They could be the drivers of decisions. They could also be the factual basis for the ensuing political battles.

I'm not naive. I know that politics don't always work that way. I know that the world is full of disparate groups with conflicting interests, and finding the best solution to balance those interests is difficult if not impossible.

I know that selling the solution is even more difficult. People misrepresent and they pander. Reality becomes confused.

However, can't we at least try to preserve the link between real effects and outcomes?