Others would call it selling out.
If you look at it that way, everyone in politics ultimately sells out.
It’s the nature of the business.
If you are new in office you learn to toe the line and do what the leaders tell you.
After all, the idea is to represent the party and present a untied front so things can get done.
You don’t have enough seniority to get anything done by yourself.
If you want to look successful for the folks back home, you support your colleagues efforts and wait for the day they might support yours.
It can be a long time coming.
Meanwhile, some would say you’re selling out by supporting thing’s you don’t really believe in.
As the years roll on and you forge the relationships needed to get the people’s business done, you owe so many people who helped you along the way.
Whether it was supporting your bills or donating money to your campaign they expect something in return.
The end result is a careful and ultimately dangerous balancing act to accommodate the many conflicting expectations from those you need to stay in office – and still maybe get the people’s business done.
You trade votes, give here and there and convince yourself that everybody won, when in reality, no one did.
Your pet projects move forward because you feel strongly enough about them to give up other important positions in exchange for others backing you.
You tell anyone who will listen that’s how the game is played and if you don’t play it, nothing will get done.
You can’t force things through Congress until you’ve been there 40 years and have the seniority that others need you more than you need them.
But to be there that long you have to keep the special interests happy, for they provide much of the reelection money until you’re so popular and so powerful you don’t need them because your you know you’ll win at the ballot box no matter what.
But you never really stop selling out because that’s how the system works.