BOSTON (CBS) — It’s always a good feeling to see a local boy or girl make good, and that’s what Newton homeboy Mark Leibovich is doing. He has written the definitive account of how hopelessly compromised Washington D.C. is.
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The book is entitled: “This Town,” and it is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how truly bad things have gotten down in the capital of vanity, hypocrisy and feather-bedding.
Leibovich, an old colleague at the Phoenix who became one of the country’s best feature writers, offers some appalling facts, like this one: forty years ago, only three percent of retiring members of Congress became lobbyists; now 40 to 50 percent of them do.
And he is merciless describing the perverted celebrity worship and negotiable values of the DC elites, epitomized by the Democratic establishment’s embrace of right-wing hairpiece Donald Trump, who Leibovich notes evolved from being “merely a garish curiosity to a nativist laughingstock.”
Funny stuff, but you might not laugh when Leibovich reports on how our political elites think we’re stupid, that “politicians, operatives and journalists [often] speak among themselves with repugnance for their customers.” Nice.
And if you trusted President Obama to be different, you might even cry when he demonstrates how, when it comes to the corrupting influence of money on our politics, “’change’ was more a marketing slogan to Obama than a genuine ideal.”
Read “This Town.” You’ll be helping a local boy make good, while learning what too many in DC will never tell you – the truth.
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