Do we place unreasonable expectations on our elected officials?
I'm going to cite a real-life example that I witnessed many years ago.
It was about 1992. I was living in California. I attended a "town hall meeting" put on by a state legislator. More out of curiosity in how these things ran, than anything else. Anyway, by the time I left I almost felt sorry for the guy. The place was packed and there were people getting up and yelling at the guy things like, "I sent you a letter 9 months ago about some small insignificant problem having to do with my irrigation and now you don't even remember it!". (I'm paraphrasing, obviously, but that's the gist of it.)
Just from a human standpoint, is it really reasonable to expect a person to remember, in detail, every single complaint and nuance?
Since then I have always tried to keep this in mind when evaluating politicians. What can a reasonable and competent person actually do? While I do expect them to be better than me, I don't expect Superman, either.