"Politics, like any war, is best conducted by professionals. But liberals and the left continue to place their hopes in 'outsiders' and 'insurgents,' amateurs who rail against the system without the means to reform it. The Green Party, for example, has embarked on yet another presidential campaign to nowhere; as its presumptive nominee, Jill Stein, recently boasted to The Village Voice, 'I'm a physician, not a politician.”'
"Stein seemed to consider this a point of pride. George Washington Plunkitt would have set her straight."
Kevin Baker at The New Republic argues that Democrats should re-embrace machine politics.