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Beau Willimon —
Pack Beauregard "Beau" Willimon is an American playwright and screenwriter. He is known as the showrunner and writer of House of Cards... (wikipedia)
A lot of people have asked me whether I am a cynic or take a cynical view of politics and are often surprised when I say that I consider myself an optimist, but an optimist dressed in the robes of a realist.
The checks and balances is a way to prevent government from either devolving into an autocratic tyranny or an autocratic mob mentality.
If you really think that ambition, power, lust, desire are not as applicable in the media as in politics or on Wall Street or anywhere else, you're deluding yourself.
This is the way I think about politics: We want two diametrically opposed things from a politician. On one hand we want them to be bastions of moral integrity, perfect people, saints. And on the other hand, we want them to be effective leaders.
When you have both parties who will not find ways to compromise, who won't meet in the middle, you have paralysis. It's the perversion of idealism.