Politician, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. When he wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.
2005 Update: A particle of the the most robust plague. In ancient Egypt, for example, the angel of death relented while Pharoah remained. In republican, democratic, communist, fascist and despotic forms of government, a member of that lucky class which is preferred by no one but selected by all. The politician can be distinguished from the bureaucrat who is preferred by no one and selected by one.