Mark Twain's "Corn-pone Opinions"
A political emergency brings out the corn-pone opinion in fine force
in its two chief varieties -- the pocketbook variety, which has its origin
in self-interest, and the bigger variety, the sentimental variety -- the
one which can't bear to be outside the pale; can't bear to be in
disfavor; can't endure the averted face and the cold shoulder; wants
to stand well with his friends, wants to be smiled upon, wants to be
welcome, wants to hear the precious words, "He's on the right track!"