Disagreeing with someone is an expected part of life. Moreover, it’s a requirement for an exciting and valuable cultural and political life. But then there are hypocrites and frauds, and that’s the core of the problem threatening the progress we hope to make.
When Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland retired two years ago, Rep. Donna Edwards gave up her safe Prince George’s County congressional seat to take on her House colleague, Montgomery County’s Chris Van Hollen, in the Democratic primary. Ms. Edwards lost by nearly 13 points, in part because a supportive outside group ran a negative and wildly inaccurate ad in the final weeks of the campaign that backfired on her.