You’ve heard variations on the theme all your life, but the truth remains the same. In engineering, it goes like this: “Fast. Good. Cheap. Pick any two.” It’s applicable, I suspect, to most human endeavors, and here Cobb extends the premise to politics:
Ethics + Results – Principles = Pragmatist.
Ethics + Principles – Results = Theorist.
Principles + Results – Ethics = Tyrant.
If you have none of these things, you may well have: Incumbent.