Originally Posted by awediot
A sport isn't based on intellectual integrity and transparency like politics are supposed to be.
Oh PULEEZE. Who told you that politics are supposed to be based on intellectual integrity and transparency? When have politics EVER been based on those things? Politics is the exercise of power to accomplish your goals in the company of other people who are also exercising power to accomplish THEIR goals. Politics are and always have been a rough and tumble business. They may not require subterfuge but they do require careful planning, strategy, and the ability to look several moves ahead.
If the Obama administration has in fact worked behind the scenes to encourage other players to promote agendas that it wishes to see moved forward (and I don't know that they have) then they are just using politics in the way that politics have always been used... to accomplish their goals.