The greater the role that the executive power plays in directing the affairs of government, the greater and more necessary its habitual functions, the more dangerous such a state of affairs becomes. In a nation that has become used to being governed by the executive, and still more in a nation that has become accustomed to being administered by it, elections are invariably sources of profound disruption.
That explains the record election spending, among other things. So what's the solution? Heinlein puts it in perspective:
Certainly the game is rigged. Don’t let that stop you; if you don’t bet, you can’t win.