The currently hot political book “This Town” by New York Times reporters Mark Leibovich is the latest in a long line of books that divulge how Washington really works. (One of the great earlier versions was actually titled “How Washington Really Works,” by the wonderful Charlie Peters.) One of the constant themes of these books is that Washington works really, really great for Washington insiders.
If Leibovich is right (and I have little doubt that he is) the chances of Washington insiders getting really, really rich is the greatest ever, as symbolized (but not even close to captured) by the huge portion of retired members of Congress who get rich as lobbyists and influence peddlers of various sorts.
Anyway, if you don’t have time to read a whole book about it, the great Frank Rich has captured the book and some of its predecessors and the current hopeless, shameless state of the shenanigans in this piece for New York magazine, appropriately titled “The Stench of Washington.”