max weber and political neophytes
in a minneapolis star-tribune op-ed on political rookies seeking high offices, larry jacobs invokes max weber's (1919) politics as a vocation:
The legendary German sociologist Max Weber explained that the "vocation of politics" requires an aptitude to engage in the "strong and slow boring of hard boards." Successful apprenticeships in politics can instill a healthy skepticism about searching out quick fixes and simulating representation in place of genuine community engagement.
The hard work of fashioning government policy in a process designed to invite conflict among divergent perspectives requires the skills of a specialized craft -- the ability to search out compromises that achieve mutual gains, the patience to pursue gradual but meaningful progress, and sustained and strong bonds with constituents.