Popular election and the need for good publicity mean that our politicians strive to do not what is right and best, but what is popular and most visible. Sometimes what is good for us is not pleasant, but the politician who induces some form of pain for the electorate's good will be voted out because people don't like pain.
Mokalus of Borg
PS - I guess such a person would only get the masochist vote.
PPS - Then again, I think their preferences tend only to physical pain.