Take several parties of complementary and contrasting flavour.
Separate and sift through an election campaign.
Stir gently, adding visions of power until soft peaks form.
Fold all parties together, taking care not to deflate expectations in the process.
Heat over a series of crises until mixture reaches boiling point.
Allow to simmer, spicing with scandal to taste.
When thoroughly cooked, remove from heat and cool in the public glare.
Serve with generous helpings of reality well seasoned with responsibility.