As we enter the calm of the summer months before the storm of November’s midterm elections, I think it’s useful to break down politics and get back to brass tacks. What is politics? This is not a no-brainer question, and I don’t want to mislead you into thinking there’s a no-brainer answer. But there is merit to remembering what it is not. It is not morality. It is not policy. It is not reason or evidence-based debate.