I'm not surprised that the political machine we have today decided to screw him by leaving him holding the bag - that doesn't even belong to him.
Mark Twain said: "The truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except it ain't so."
The political landscape of today hates the truth, and it hates even more a man who will stand by what he says instead of doing whatever the majority wants - because amongst people, they are unpopular.
Government and politics today is rapidly becoming the minefield on steroids from Hell - you can't do almost anything without getting someone up in arms over it. Use the Sandy Hook shootings and gun control debate. DISCLAIMER: I make no statement about what I believe here, just about what I know. The President asked Congress to institute universal background checks and pass restrictions on assault weapons and high-cap magazines. The result? Fox News sounded DEFCON Apeshit - 'Obama's coming for your guns! He's a tyrant! Begin active resistance!'
Rather than about service to the people, and making sure what is done benefits the nation, the politicos in DC have turned government into a perpetual reelection machine - do whatever you have to go get reelected, at any cost. Smear your opponents. Take massive campaign contributions from people you might not otherwise agree with because you need the money for your campaign. Distort the truth. Lie. Challenge the very foundations that your opponents stand on.
A moderate, I feel, in this day and age, would have the following stances on three key issues.
Taxes - gonna have to go up for quote-unquote job creators in the personal income tax department.
Defense - Defense spending is gonna have to go down. America has the most well-trained and well-equipped army on the planet. Do we really need an army that is supposed to be capable of fighting two wars at once? (Callie, I know you're a miltype, so if I'm wrong here, do correct me.)
Social Security/Medicare - Benefits are going to have to be cut, because people are living longer and that simply wasn't in the initial conception of the people who made it.
But you'll never see anyone advocate for all three of these positions in the same breath. Because they alienate too much of the voter base (and in the case of taxes, people who can make the political process hell for anyone who opposes them).
The machine needs to be dismantled, and the best way I can think of that is to enact term limits on people who are in Congress, and possibly upon the Supreme Court itself (come on, half of today's Supreme Court was installed when I was in elementary school).
Because I believe that if people no longer need to worry about being re-elected, then they might actually do something.