See what I don't understand is why do politicians campaign so much for re-election?
Politics is also a career. These people will try to stay as long as they can. When they do leave, the exit opportunities are pretty awesome... six and seven figure gigs at consulting companies, think tanks, etc ... This happens around the globe.
This is easier said than doneIf I was made dictator of America for four years (heck, if I was made dictator of America for even one day), I'd clean house, and get more done in that span of time than all of the clowns in the circus that is congress and the presidency accomplish these days.
If you get into power, get something done FFS. Who cares if you don't get re-elected? You do what you need to in the one term allotted, then go back to the private sector. Are these clowns so otherwise unemployable that the only thing they can do is blow so much steam on Capitol Hill and squander other people's money?
You need hard cash for campaigns. Unless you're a Romney or a Bloomberg with lots of cheese in the bank. Even these people had to go out to seek some campaign monies. They probably didn't want to give the impression they're buying the seat with their $$. I hear the Dems want to raise some $1 Billion for the reelection.