I don't know what it's like to be a politician, always figuring on how to keep the job.
But I was a minister for 50 years, and "keeping the job" was often a part of it.
I learned that "keeping the job" could be a gift, a simple, if not a painful, reminder, of larger responsibilities, like my family, and folks who see things differently.
There were times when "keeping the job" graced my life; other times, it compelled me to compromise my values.
Hard, at the time, to figure it all out.
But given the scars on my back, I believe that a good many times, I took chances ... and paid the price. It can get ugly; real ugly.
A good politician will always try to keep the job, for the long haul, but a great politician will know when to take a chance, and even, if needed, lose the damn job.