...I just don't get why House members wouldn't vote their policy preferences and let the chips fall, maybe lose an election and then go on to make real money. I just don't see why anyone else would try to desperately to get elected to Congress if they didn't want to, I don't know, influence public policy towards their genuine preferences. But maybe it really is great fun; in our water-cooler chat over this, my fellow New York blogger disagreed with my premise here, and thinks it must really be pretty delightful for these guys, so much so that they'll do anything to keep the good times going. I can't say I understand it, but he must be right; there's no other way to explain most House members' behaviour most of the time: "forget policy—don't you know I have to keep my seat?"
Ego from the title, maybe? Power trip? I don't know. I don't get it either.