I am a cynical person.
I always have been, I remember taking a very jaundiced view of human beings when I was in fifth grade. (I may actually be less cynical now than when I was nine...)
I really struggled in the last election.
My inclination is to cynically presume that many of the positions espoused most stridently by politicians are purely opportunistic, the extreme positions in particular are unlikely to be held on principle -- nah, he's just lying to get elected.
But even I am taken aback by the complacency with which anty number of pundits are now trying to reassure people like me -- see? isn't that great? he WAS lying!