• Curt Mercadante

Luck = Lack

When I worked in politics, the industry was full of people who go promoted up the ranks because they consistently worked on winning campaigns.

Was that a reflection of that person's skill? Good question.

You see, thanks to gerrymandering at the federal and state levels, most political districts are heavily Republican or heavily Democrat. A Republican operative can move up the ranks with a winning record if he or she sticks to safe R districts. Same for a Democratic operative.

In short, a winning record in the political industry can tell you a lot about place and time, but not necessarily about talent, skill, and creativity.

Or can it?

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