Politicians aren"t as bad as the american public thinks they are. Ultimately, the argument of this book is that a general dislike and distrust of all politicians creates a deep cynicism in the american public. That cynicism, in turn, is a threat to democracy because it can undermine the legitimacy of our government. My hope for this book is that it will encourage its readers to rethink their attitudes towards politics and politicians and, in so doing, that it might begin to help rebuild trust in our government and elected officials. Trustee and delegate: principled and pragmatic, ordinary and exceptional. This chapter explores the evidence of the public"s dislike for politicians. The public doesn"t believe that politicians are honest or have high standards. The number of people who believe that government is being run by crooks has increased dramatically over the last 50 years, (3).