Politicians are people with a job to do, and they have to do that job within the confines of a very complex system, with job security determined by fundraising and how well they market themselves. With all of this in mind how is it that people are surprised when those who seek and obtain public office are failing to meet the general public’s expectations of what constitutes an honorable person? Politicians are paid to make policy, that is to say, to be pragmatic. In the quest for solutions to problems there is a primacy to keep the government fulfilling its functions; this is what these officials are paid to do, nothing else. If these things are being fulfilled then the representative is indeed doing his or her job, all that remains is the electorates perception of the methods being employed, and then considerations outside of their job performance. When it comes to the question of “honor,” this falls into the other considerations that I just mentioned. The question of honor comes from whether a politician is fulfilling his role in accord with the perception that you or I have of honor, or as what you are I think of as honorable pertaining to things that have nothing to do with the politician’s job. Morality and honor take a back seat to accomplishing policy in the political arena, and for good reason, they have little to do with the political process. I leave the question of honor where it belongs, between individuals. I am more concerned about my elected officials being capable.