The view from the sidelines

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January 11, 2011
by Matt Welch  
Posted in Commentary

"Refusing to dirty your hands with practical politics limits your ability to influence public policy. Carping on politicians’ behavior can permanently alienate people who would otherwise be allies on significant issues. Serially declaring independence from political tribalism can devolve into a kind of reflexive moral vanity in which public displays of purity become more important than acknowledging that some pragmatist done good. But coalition membership has pitfalls as well." (for publication 02/11)  

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