Gangs Of Loudoun County
That really is what the political parties are here (and elsewhere of course). The prime function of the party is to get its own loyal members elected, and once elected, keep them in line and keep the spoils flowing to themselves and other loyal party members.
Selfless public servants just looking out for the public good??? Just a convenient talking point to throw out for public consumption. Any actions that go against their own interests are purely because they are more interested in political self preservation than anything else. Some sacrifices need to be made in order to keep the rest of the gravy train flowing.
Each party has its enforcers as well – the cretins who attack those who get out of line or pose threats to their party members. The LCRC cretins are pretty well known, but the LCDC has its share as well – just look at how they treated Stevens Miller and his wife for Stevens daring to not support their ridiculous redistricting plan that got them completely crushed.
Both local parties stink. We need more true Independents if we are ever to break the cycle of incompetence and malfeasance.