incumbent http://michiganradio.org en Congratulations, outsider: You're now an insider http://michiganradio.org/post/congratulations-outsider-youre-now-insider <p>Every week Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, and I take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of state politics. And, this week it&#39;s all about the political <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch-22_%28logic%29">Catch-22</a> of running for office&nbsp; as a &#39;political outsider.&#39;</p><p>So, dear citizen, you think that things aren&#39;t working in Lansing or in Washington, D.C.</p><p><em>That&#39;s bad. Very, bad.</em></p><p>So, you decide to run for office. You file the paperwork, you campaign... and you win as a political outsider! Maybe, you even beat a long-time political incumbent. You&#39;re now off to the state Capital - or, even, the nation&#39;s Capital - and you&#39;re ready to shake things up.</p><p><em>That&#39;s good.</em></p><p>Well, actually... it just might be bad.</p><p>Why, you ask? Because the moment you take the oath of office, good citizen, you are now part of the system - you are a political insider. You, now, are an incumbent.</p><p>So, being a political insider is bad?</p><p><em>Not necessarily.</em></p><p>It can actually be good... take a listen (at the link above) and find out why. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 22:25:45 +0000 Zoe Clark 6975 at http://michiganradio.org Congratulations, outsider: You're now an insider