On the Machine

“What I don’t understand,” I said, “is why people keep voting for the machine candidates when everyone knows how corrupt they are.”

“I always vote for the machine candidate in city elections,” Mr. Magundi said. “Certainly the machine candidate will be corrupt. On the other hand, there’s a strong probability that the reform candidate will be corrupt, too. We don’t know it yet, but the odds are for it. It’s possible that there may be a selfless politician who runs for office only for the sake of the good he can do, and it’s possible that Bigfoot roams the West Virginia countryside. I admit these possibilities. But the one thing we do know about the reform candidate is that he won’t work well with the machine. And the machine will still be there, and it will grind him up. No, when I hire someone to represent me, I want someone who knows how to get the job done. Who better than the machine candidate, who has spent his life growing from a tiny cog to a mighty wheel?”

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