jrholden1943 - YES! The function of a politician (even one with lofty goals for the office) is Job#1- to get elected.
Once in the job (first day, I’m told) they get introduced to the hamster wheel of fund raising, since Job#2 is -you guessed it- to get REelected.
I heard an interview last weekend with a Brit who mentioned, almost in passing, that they have NO campaign financing, and the campaign can only last six weeks. Sounds like Nirvana from here, drowning in those slick cards (and I stay far away from the TV). Any TV coverage is as news (remember news?)
Wow. If we were to try such a thing, and let all interested participants (almost said parties, but sure, them too) join in lively debate about issues (remember issues? Not mud, the issues that the rest of us care about?) what couldn’t we do?