Jerry Fresia writes, “I just don't see electoral office holding as the only way our life chances are authored.” You are quite correct, Jerry, but if I may respond in the same metaphor, although they are not the only way our life chances are authored, they are a principal way in which those chances are published. That is, in our country at this time, one way, indeed the most important way, in which life chances are transformed from demands or proposals into facts for large numbers of people is through their enactment into laws which then shape the actions of both people and bureaucratic structures. Health insurance, union rights, auto emissions standards, workplace safety regulations, anti-war movements, voting rights protections, LGBT rights, and so forth. All spring from demands of citizens [and others] and then are enacted into law by representatives responsive to those demands. For those actually getting themselves elected, the office may be a career move, whatever their convictions, but they are vehicles for the translation of upswellings of demand into laws. Not the only way, to be sure, but in our country at this time, a very important way.