The most striking thing about the politician is how often his politics have been (i) rather than ideological, as he adapts his political positions at any particular moment to the political realities that constrain him. He does not, however, piously (ii) political principles only to betray them in practice. Rather, he attempts in subtle ways to balance his political self-interest with a (iii), viewing himself as an instrument of some unchanging higher purpose.
Blank (i): quixotic, self-righteous, strategicBlank (ii): brandish, flout, followBlank (iii): profound cynicism, deeply felt moral code, thoroughgoing pragmatism
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