Stolen from Shakesville:
“In Illinois, as is true in American politics generally, there are two views of politics. Thereâ€™s a view of politics that says you go in this for sacrifice and public service, and then there’s a view of politics that says that this is a business, and you’re wheeling and dealing, and what’s in it for me? â€¦ There are extraordinary traditions of public service coming out of Illinois, even after Abraham Lincoln. â€¦ But what you also have, I think, are habits and a culture that thinks of politics as aâ€”as a means of self-aggrandizement. That’s exactly what has to change.”â€”President-Elect Barack Obama, during a press conference this morning.