So it happens that office holders, bearing the same party name, are often as far apart in their views as political poles can possibly be. They “stand by the president” in the campaign but when in office often throw him over-board and steer an independent course. Where is there adherence to principle, consistency in conduct, and stability in position with the average politician in America today? Recently a young man asked what I thought of politics as a career. My answer was that present trends in America being as they are, if he would rather “be right than president,” he would likely not get far in politics.
Source: Joseph F. Merrill, The Improvement Era Magazine, Volume 39:342. Joseph F. Merrill (1868-1952) served as a Member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Between 1931-1952.