Barbara W. Tuchman (1912-1989), The March of Folly
(New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984), p. 125:
Disregard of the movements and sentiments developing around them was a primary folly. They were deaf to disaffection, blind to the alternative ideas it gave rise to, blandly impervious to challenge, unconcerned by the dismay at their misconduct and the rising wrath at their misgovernment, fixed in refusal to change, almost stupidly stubborn in maintaining a corrupt existing system.
Not politicians in present-day Washington, D.C., but Renaissance Popes from Sixtus IV to Clement VII.