My husband and I are close friends with three other couples who we have been through thick and thin with.
We are all close to the same age, and raised our kids at the same time. It is nice to have close friends like that as you go through the ups and downs of life.
We actually refer to each other as cronies and find comfort in knowing we have this type of friendship with each other.
We know that all of them would do anything they could to help us out, and we would do the same for them. This is much different than the cronyism that is part of the ongoing political corruption.
I don't think politicians view their cronies in the same way I see mine.