I am not a natural blonde. I go to a salon every other month to have the roots of my genetic inheritance bleached away. It is a lengthy process. During a recent visit, out of unimaginable boredom, I picked up This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital by Mark Leibovich.
Here is what I learned…
- Billary despised Tim Russert. The feeling was mutual.
- James Carville used to say “if Hillary gave up one of her balls and gave it to Obama, he’d have two.” Hillary asked him to stop.
- By all accounts, Tammy Haddad is one of the most shamelessly self-absorbed narcissists in Washington. She could have fooled me with that hair…
- Then-San Francisco Examiner columnist Chris Matthews begged his way onto shows like The McLaughlin Group– which, regretfully, he parlayed into Hardball and a $5 million per year salary.
- Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are treated like rockstars in Washington D.C. The same cannot be said of Fox & Friends’ hosts, even though they regularly draw twice the number of viewers.
- In Washington D.C., losing doesn’t mean what you think it means.
- As voters, we see vanquished incumbents as losers. But lobbying firms see them as access to Congress– and pay them accordingly. Case in point: Fmr. Minority Leader Tom Daschle. What seemed like a humiliating defeat to John Thune in 2004 turned out to be a multi-million dollar promotion.
- Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s incompetent campaign manager— now earns a seven-figure income as a “consultant”– despite not having a single electoral victory of note on his resume.
- When someone is running for the highest public office on Earth, it seems reasonable to ask that they provide a copy of their tax returns. In Washington D.C., such a request elicits 12 weeks of vicious, and mind-numbingly repetitive, back-and-forth.
- Mark Leibovich has many talents. Brevity isn’t
necessarilyone of them.
It’s good. Read it.