The Politics of Politics
I was just sent this cartoon on a mailing list. It is sad but true. While it is about U.S. politics, it made me think about Nicaraguan politics and think maybe it is just a good current example of all politics.
The MRS has been "the other Sandinista party" for years. They have talked so much about El Pacto that links Aleman's PLC with Ortega's FSLN. Then they shifted gears and decided to support PLC candidates if they were the most likely to cause an FSLN candidate to lose.
If anything, this seems to be a general characteristic of a government where politicians have to run for re-election—something that requires them to favor short-term fixes over actually addressing whole problems. Any benevolent dictators out there? :-)