Success despite the Mess

Your rhetoric is formulaic
Your argument is basic
You lie to appease your fans
On your pedestal you stand
Saying one thing and doing another
Those who step in line you smoother
People who rebel 
You stop them excel
Even though they speak the truth
You catch them in their own noose
Clever and crafty you are
So that you, alone can go far
Playing politics is your game
So you can make your name
Upon others you stand
Without giving them a hand
You stand at the top
Watching others flop
Kicking the ladder beneath you
Smiling and saying "adieu"