Well, yes and no.
No they are not always like this.. The daily turn pace, built in imbalances, and solely inexeperienced players (myself included!) have meant there's been a much greater amount of hard to resolve vagueness and interpretation. With longer turns and greater invested time there tends to be more weight placed on stability and gradually emerging gameplay, rather than the crazy power struggles we've largely being experiencing. With longer turns there is also a greater chance for interesting discussions and shifting alliances.
Yes, they are always like this.. The interpretation of the rules is always important, because, what else is there? Like it or loathe it rule lawyering is an intrinsic part of the 'conventional' nomic. The democratic aspect will make it hard for the *truly* madcap to flourish, so it could never be especially like calvin ball or 1000 blank cards which favour anarchy.