Winning in politics

Below is the text of the Christian Science Monitor’s daily politics newsletter for July 26, 2017, by CMS politics editor Christa Case Bryant. The question is central.

What does it really mean to “win” in politics? That’s a theme Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona hit on repeatedly in his speech from the Senate floor yesterday.

“Sometimes, I’ve let my passion rule my reason…. Sometimes, I wanted to win more for the sake of winning than to achieve a contested policy,” he admitted, imploring his colleagues – Republicans and Democrats alike – to work together for the sake of the country.

So often we define winning as beating the other guy. But in government, that kind of win would necessarily mean being left with a bunch of losers. And that’s not great for the government or the people of a country.

What, in your mind, constitutes winning in politics?


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