All Politics Is Local

An idiom that describes the reality of staying in political office.

Most politicians (especially those in Congress) are elected by a comparatively small geographic area, no matter how large their responsibilities become when in office. This means that they have to keep the voters from their district or state happy, because those voters don’t care about larger, national concerns. For the voter, the only issues that matter are the ones that affect them every day.

Why I Looked It Up

I was reading a book about Tip O’Neil and this was apparently on of his favorite phrases. It’s something I had heard for years.

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