On Washington Insiders

“I know his type,” Mr. Bates was saying. “He’s an expert at playing the Washington-insiders game. What a hypocrite! I say, vote for anyone else, but not him.”

“But that’s the perfect description of what I want in a president,” Mr. Magundi replied. “Honestly, do you want someone in the White House who’ll be handily outwitted by the lobbyist for the Nickel Plating Manufacturers’ Association or the Southeastern Georgia Collards Board? No. You want one who knows how Washington works. If I can’t have an honest president, and experience suggests that I can’t, then I’ll take an expert in playing the Washington-insiders game, thank you very much.”