Politicians and Politics Democrats can’t get elected unless things get worse, and things won’t get worse unless they get elected. Democrats can’t get elected unless things get worse, and things won’t get worse unless they get elected. YOU MAY ALSO LIKE »Elected leaders who forget how they got there won’t the next time.A politician never forgets the precarious nature of elective life. We have never established a practice of tenure in public office.The problem with political jokes is they get elected.I hope the two wings of the Democratic Party may flap together.If American politics does not look to you like a joke, a tragic dance; if you have enough blindness left in you, on any plea, on any excuse, to vote for the Democratic Party or the Republican Party (for at present machine and party are one), or for any candidate who does not stand for a new era, — then you yourself pass into the slide of the magic-lantern; you are an exhibit, a quaint product, a curiosity of the American soil. You are part of the problem.Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.