What I’m about to say is probably not fair, but I’ll say it anyway.
When working in party politics, you soon develop a sensitive antenna which sorts all the tidbits of information everywhere into two buckets: (a) is it good for us; or (b) irrelevant.
The good for us bucket is itself split into two containers: does it make them look bad, or us good? Often what makes one look bad simultaneously makes the other good.
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