On Jul 25, 2018, at 2:01 PM, Brett Cannon <brett@python.org> wrote:

Right, and your proposal means I now have to judge proposed core developers on which side of popular opinion they will come down on in hopes that they vote in ways I agree with and thus help take the language in a direction I think is appropriate.

It makes me think a bit of the US Supreme Court, where judges who might someday want to be on that court, learn to be very careful about hiding their true opinions (without directly lying of course) on a number of very controversial topics, knowing that coming out for/against them is likely to blow up their changes of ever progressing to that point.