There’s an easy way to see two different states of mind in Whitewater.
Draft a list of eleven people for an athletic honor. Make nine of the honorees athletes or coaches, and two of them an administrator and his spouse.
Now, watch and see which people receive the most prominent attention.
Some will pick one of the athletes or coaches, on the theory that it’s an athletic award.
By contrast, some will pick the administrator and his spouse, on the theory that a well-placed bureaucrat will always matter more than those who actually competed.
(In any event, whatever this second option may be, as an exercise in political rehabilitation it’s an impossibility.)
There we have the choices and states of mind in present-day Whitewater, although I’d doubt that some would even guess that choosing was possible.