Empty exercises, those exercises of political, economic, religious, whatever, that "fake out" their constitency, but show their efficacy in doing a job that they have been put in place to represent their constituency, team, whomever, and make themselves valuable and stay in their positions.
A prime example is the Republican Party in the majority within the current U.S. House of Representatives. Another would be the Republican Party in the House that voted to impeach then President William J. Clinton.
The current Republican Party in the House, has introduced bills that they know will never pass the Senate or the veto process of the President. They are doing what they were elected to do by their constitutency, and their political party. What these political people are forgetting is; they were put in their positions to represent the people. They are supposed to receive the information presented to them in Congress and vote for the greater good instead of taking their preconceived ideas of their constituency and party to vote in a block. They need to acheive the passage of bills that will actually pass through the House/Senate and President. It is ideally why they were put into office. Empty Exercises WASTE TIME!
When you are thinking about who you want to support for a political party, insure you watch their previous performances, their support for legislature, their language in the public. There is a Senator who recently made a statement of fact, in a speech, but when shown that he had made a error, he simply said that any of his public speeches are not statement of fact. I think he needs to re-think that statement, our representation is in those positions to gather in all the data, make a judgement on the issue and state to his constituency what he has found out and why he agrees or disagrees.