This is probably not going to be a very popular opinion, but I think it's worth getting out anyway.

I have been thinking for a while now that one of the biggest problems we have in politics right now is that everything takes place in public - every discussion, every argument is being held on Facebook and Twitter, and it's getting pettier every day.
I know that there are lots of people who welcome this kind of "transparency", but personally, I think it's counter-productive. Before, meetings were held behind closed doors, people would argue, somebody had to give in, and somebody might have been wrong and proven so (and maybe they even would have admitted it.) When they were done, they would come out and let the public know what they agreed on. That way, things got done. There was no need for the public to know every little detail of the debate.

When all of this takes place in public, however, people spend a lot more time defending themselves. Nobody likes to admit they're wrong about something. I don't either. Escpecially at my job. Customers expect me to know what I'm talking about. Making mistakes is embarrassing. There a very few people who can stand above that. Personally, I can't say I know any.
It's the most embarrassing when it's about your job. That is also true for politicians. And if admitting you're wrong about something is hard in private, doing so in public for most people is beyond their abilities.

And then there's the case of compromising.
In order to reach a compromise, somebody has to give in. As a matter of fact, in the political process of compromising, everybody has to give a little to get a little. But if this process takes place in public, the public will also know who gave in, and nobody wants to be seen doing that either. It's perceived as a weakness; whether that's accurate or not is irrelevant in this context.

As I stated in the beginning, I'm aware that lots of people, in particular on the left / liberal side of the political spectrum, welcome this kind of openness, but I think that this is an idealism that doesn't take human nature into account. In a perfect world, this would be the right way. Unfortunately, we don't live in a perfect world.