Politics is about power, nothing more and nothing less. All the haughty principles upon which political platforms supposedly rest are nothing more than vast rationalizations for why one particular group should be in power instead of another.
The Wall Street Journal’s Review and Outlook admitted as much recently when urging Todd Akin to give up his candidacy for a Missouri Senate seat. Why does the GOP and its echo-chamber of “journalists” at the Wall Street Journal seek to see Akin depart the Senate race? Is it because of his buffoonery in proclaiming that women have the ability to selectively repel the seed of rapists in order to prevent pregnancy? No, it’s because the political gaffe he committed in saying so is hurting the GOP’s quest for power, from the article:
He [Akin] is nearly certain to lose, a defeat that might cost the GOP control of the Senate and thus the ability to overturn ObamaCare. If that happens, many Republicans will hold Akin supporters like Mr. Huckabee responsible, and with cause. Mr. Akin and his allies will have hurt both their party and the movement they claim to believe in.
Mr. Akin is not accused of failing to support the GOP platform. Quite the contrary, he fully endorses its anti-abortion views, among other planks in the platform. He is condemned because his gaffe might mean electoral failure.
With political friends like the Republicans, Mr. Akin certainly does not need any enemies. But the episode is telling. The Republican Party stands for nothing more or nothing less than doing whatever it must to achieve political power. Likewise the Democrats, but they have lately been generally more circumspect in their treatment of those who they believe will hinder their prospects for power (the Jeremiah Wright disavowal comes to mind).