"Politics is the art of the possible"-Otto Von Bismark
This being the case, shouldn't those who would practise the art of the possible first find out what *is* possible?
"Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable."- John Kenneth Galbraith
(or, in the current Australian situation: a choice between the unacceptable and the unthinkable)
"Cynicism is obedience"
"Optimism is a political act"- Alex Steffen
Pessimism is the lot of the flock. The cynical sheepdogs will round you up in due course.
"Pig's arse they will!"- Moi