For decades politicians have been actually able to do very little. They don't understand how societies actually work or their real role. They make short term choices, always, even though they play act like they make long term plans. They are in fact a kind of Masque, a fable of governance that does not in fact govern (lead).
We, the audience, play along. We'd rather have the magic of the Theater than the hard work of real political life (sacrificing our knee-jerk opinions for real knowledge and work at the grunt levels of public life).
What does this mean? It means we too are part of the political gridlock - we don't do our part, plain and simple.
Fortunately, the world is at root of Divine Mystery Drama, and on that Stage, the Author has taken account of the political flaws of our own Character.