[...]no one even cares about the truth anymore--they just care about victory or defeat[...]
Unfortunately thats very correctly in todays politics. Barely anyone cares about the truth or about what is a benefit for 90%+ of the polulation. Most politicians just care about winning an election or being told they are correct. They just care for themselves and their own personal success (= career) and just start pretending like they care for the people of their county 4 weeks before elections. I cant speek for US politics as I have no Idea about it, but here in germany its basically like that.
Before elections: Vote for me and everyone will get ...
After elections: Sorry guys, I didnt meant it like that ... I actually was thinking about ... (blah...blah...blah... without any content which makes any sense or has any clear statement)