George Will writes about campaign finance reform (Citizens United) and includes this gem at the end:
The limits the reformers hoped would decrease cynicism about politics are increasing it, which is just another unpleasant surprise for reformers who are repeatedly surprised by their own consequences. Someday even they might understand the wisdom of choosing what the Constitution, properly construed, actually requires: unregulated politics.
Senator Beal is repeatedly surprised by the consequences of her and Commissioner McGrady’s actions. They never learn or understand any wisdom, but they are forced to live with the consequences of what they’ve built.