The great irony is that, after years of consistently refusing to fight on principle, politicians have discovered that they are both unprincipled and unpopular. Now, they are contemplating the unthinkable in Washington: Perhaps they have no choice but to try being principled in order to be popular. Yet, actual (as opposed to advertised) principle cannot be so easily produced in focus groups and political packaging.
~ USA Today, "2008: The year of principles? Cynicism enveloped U.S. politics in 2007, and Americans seem to be tiring of this game. Candidates may be forced to try sincerity in the search for popularity.," January 3, 2008, by Jonathan Turley