The truth is, Washington is a very strange world. Before this campaign, I would always go home to Vermont on weekends. That's where we did town meetings, that's where I was with my family. And I would find when I would come back to Washington, I would suddenly feel myself a little bit depressed. It was the transition of coming from Vermont back to D.C.
There is a style here, a way of life here in D.C., which is significantly phony. In that everybody is nice to each other — "Oh, my good and honorable friend" — and then they're spending $18 million to try to destroy who you are. That's the nature of it. And you've got staffers who butter up their bosses and everything else. There is a very high level of phonyism and careerism. And you go back to Vermont — and I see it in Iowa and you see it all over the country — where people are people. That's all. And when you go home, you settle into a way of life where people are people.
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Four things I underlined in the Paul O'Donnell Q&A with him in the August issue:
1. "As an industry, we figured out speed quickly. In fact, it might be better if we were a little bit slower."
2. "I don't think we have figured out length. Opinion columns are still 800 words. Feature stories are still 3,000-ish. Why?"
3. "Some feature we wrote a year ago may be the best thing to read today."
4. "Politico could increase their audience by covering a bunch of nonpolitical topics, but they have a particular audience that cares about what they do, and that's a valuable audience."
Mark Leibovich in today's NYT mag: Today in Our Nation's Capital: Someone promised to shoot someone an e-mail and loop in someone else who just wanted to circle back on something they kicked around yesterday after they got roped into all this. And we'll keep you in the loop on the rollout going forward — or backward, or nowhere.