Introduction to issue

In recent times, Senator Barack Obama’s campaign to gain the Democratic Party nomination for the American presidential election has drawn more than the usual public notice, debate, and occasionally, recrimination. The question has arisen whether his campaign, which is based on a ‘message of hope’ and optimism, idealistically promising to rid American politics of the cloak-and-dagger calculative that marks it now, is viable given the dominant mindset of politicians.
What do societies most look for in a politician: experience and realism, or idealism?Should politicians be idealistic at all?Can idealism (even if it entered politics at some point) survive long in the political arena?

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