Originally Posted by BBII
Makes a very good point. Their biggest problem is that many of them view pragmatism as betrayal. And it can make life much more difficult for everyone.
But it's not just TP'ers. That mentality exists in many different groups, and manifests itself in many ways depending on the balance of power.
Political idealism should only be practiced by those who are not in power. When in power pragmatism is always superior to idealism, sadly in a strict 2 party system pragmatism is often considered betrayal when in reality the best solutions would almost always be found somewhere between the idealist positions.