If you have to choose between the most classic of SF and the idiocy of real-life politics, I'd go with Asimov.
Well yeah. But, unfortunately, the real-life idiocy is hard to avoid.
The politics is one of the good things in the Empire/Foundation-stories imho, but I never really liked how Asimov writes women (of all ages) -his men were okay, I suppose, his boys too, but somehow he seems utterly unable to write women.
So far there aren't
any women. It'll be interesting to see what I think of them when they do come along.