Matt Towery

— Most politicians, Republican or Democrat, are full of it and so obsessed with themselves and their little world of fellow powerbrokers that they could care less what you think. Cynical? Oh, yes. True? Absolutely. It's really the nature of the beast. Most have aides who serve as gatekeepers who carefully make sure their leader only meets with the people he or she wants them to meet with. Hence they slowly lose touch with the real world.

— Even pundits and writers are, to some degree "full of it." For example, I often write the most extreme version of my thoughts because it makes for better copy and gets folks riled up, like the fellow last week who wrote a really good imitation of Jack Nicholson's crazy character in the movie "A Few Good Men." It's not that I'm disingenuous in what I write, it's just that I don't let Barack Obama or NSA leaks or most of the issues I write about ruin my day. And neither do most sane pundits and columnists I know.

— And finally, yes, most of the media is still liberal. But as liberal as they might be, they don't like being made a fool of. Hence the increasingly tense relationship between the press and the Obama White House, an administration that has put a whole new meaning to the concept of "managed news."

And like it or not, as the late Walter Cronkite would say, "That's the way it is." So, as you consume your political news and chosse your leaders this year, as they say, "let the buyer beware!"

Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a pollster, attorney, businessman and former elected official. He served as campaign strategist for Congressional, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. His latest book is Newsvesting: Use News and Opinion to Grow Your Personal Wealth. Follow him on Twitter @MattTowery