“There are no offices on Connecticut Avenue in Washington with signs reading “The Republican Establishment” or the “The Democratic Establishment”; rather both are an amalgam of like-minded groups with one common interest: the control of the government purse-strings and the attendant influence and ego-gratification that brings about.
These establishments are made up of the following:
1) many of the current members of Congress who have served more than two terms and as a result have become dependent on the income, perquisites and notoriety in holding elected office;
2) a vast cadre of retired national office holders whose livelihood as lobbyists and political appointees as well their narcissistic needs depends upon fealty to Party and access to government largesse.”
For a Canadian perspective… Politics attracting the wrong people
“Basically, politicians are supposed to be people experienced in a certain profession (other than politics) who have decided there are a handful of policies out there that need to be changed – things they’ve become passionate about over the years.
Once they’ve articulated how these half dozen or so issues can be changed via policy, they run for office.
It usually takes a couple terms to enact these changes. Then you respectably bow out, because if you’ve achieved your goals there’s no reason to stick around.
These days, people enter politics for no good reason and thus never leave because they had no goals in the first place.
They are the leeches that dominate the political class – sucking the lifeblood out of politics in the name of self-preservation.“