There is a lot of hypocrisy in American political history. The Civil War had as much to do with business interests as a desire to end slavery, for example. Or take the Federal Reserve. An entity created to stabilize the consumer economy has created a nation built on debt that only serves the interests of the financial sector.
Justin Wolfe is the main character in the book, Optimizing America. In the book, Justin is reluctantly running for president. He is reluctant because he knows there is a big price to pay for being scrutinized by both the media and opposition research. Presidential elections always come down to a choice between two seemingly poor candidates- the choice between two evils. Justin cleverly analyzes the last few presidents for flaws as a way to shield himself from scrutiny.