pol·i·ti·cian /ˌpɒlɪˈtɪʃən/ Show Spelled[pol-i-tish-uhn]
1.a person who is active in party politics.
2.a seeker or holder of public office, who is more concerned about winning favor or retaining power than about maintaining principles.
3.a person who holds a political office.
4.a person skilled in political government or administration; statesman or stateswoman.
5.an expert in politics or political government.
6.a person who seeks to gain power or advancement within an organization in ways that are generally disapproved.
It seems we have a political theme going this week. I bet that, at this point, you're beginning to miss Bumper Sticker Saturday.
There's a new batch of political commercials on the air this week. More than one candidate is leveling the nastiest of charges againsthis opponent, that he's a dreaded politician !!!
Somewhere, we as a society, got off the track. As you can see by the above http://www.dictionary.com/ entry, a "politician" can be a good thing. Please see definitions four and five. Now, being a politician is an extreme negative. Do you think we'll ever see a candidate get behind a podium and say "I'm a politician and I'm proud of it."?
It appears many of the candidates, politicians and non politicians alike, fit definition number two.
The mudslingers assume you're not smart enough to know the difference between the good aspects of being a politician, and the ones that are not so good. They are all politicians.