better late than
my reply, likely lost because of my delay in offering it, i will presume to post here as well, in case that can continue to discussion:
"that's a bad analogy that betrays the fallacy of your own point--it's not a game to be won, or lost. only partisan D's and R's can't see the forest (the interests of our "we the people" nation) for the trees of their mindless and endless opposition to each other. a better analogy is the futility of trying to be heard in a crowded room while everyone else is shouting at each other. the constructive first step is to stop shouting. the next step, is seek the reasonable conversation, and support it".
i would posit that the evidence is overwhelming that the democrat and republican parties have devolved into a permanent shouting match against each other, without the least bit of demonstrated interest in solving problems. if the choice is between solving something, or defeating the opposition before they do, the choice these days is to always try to defeat the opposition. refusing to participate in that kind of mob v. mob political violence is not analogous to spectating. it is returning to the actual actions of government at its most elemental level. (as tip famously said, "all politics is local").
step 1: drop out of the war between the competitive D vs R rackets
step 2: engage in politics as a citizen intent on solving problems
step 3: prepare to be attacked by both D's and R's who will prefer to perpetuate their co-monopoly on misused power than to actually do what's right for our country.
step 4: keep your eye on the goal, which is fair constitutional government of, by and for the people.
edited to add the salient portion of the response from the d-addled correspondent to the aforementioned sentiment: "you are self pleasuring to political kiddie porn".
you tell me if you think this sort of political "dialogue" is what might be needed.
sapere aude. unenroll. stop aiding and abetting asshole politics. don't remain part of the problem. become part of the solution.