WaPo's Sally Quinn calls Barack Obama "Boy"
In the nicest possible way, of course.
But she certainly lets Barack know that he's going to be dealing with His Betters if he ever makes it up to the big house. Quinn doesn't work nearly as fast as Modo, and she only slips in the shiv ten paragraphs down. The money quote:
The biggest problem that Obama has is this: We don't know who he is. Who are his people? Whom does he surround himself with? Whom does he listen to? Who gives him advice? He's so new to the national political scene that he hasn't had time to choose the team that would be with him in the White House. The more we see him in action, he's still just campaigning. He still has the quality of an unknown. And as attractive and likable as Obama is, we still need references.
What you mean "we," Sally? Or is another bootlicker in Versailles on the Potomac presuming to speak for the American people again?
The guy's a United States Senator, and you don't know "Who he is?" WTF? I keep being told that D.C. is really a small town; doesn't everybody know each other in a small town?
There's a history here, of course; Ben Bradley's wife is a fully paid-up member of the Beltway Aristrocracy and wrote the famous piece explaining how those vulgar enough to be actually elected need to comport themselves in the presence of Their Betters back in 1998:
"This beautiful capital," President Clinton said in his first inaugural address, "is often a place of intrigue and calculation. Powerful people maneuver for position and worry endlessly about who is in and who is out, who is up and who is down, forgetting those people whose toil and sweat sends us here and pays our way." With that, the new president sent a clear challenge to an already suspicious Washington Establishment.
They can't handle the truth. Then or now.
Actually, it wasn't extraordinary. When Establishment Washingtonians of all persuasions gather to support their own, they are not unlike any other small community in the country.
But this particular community happens to be in the nation's capital. And the people in it are the so-called Beltway Insiders -- the high-level members of Congress, policymakers, lawyers, military brass, diplomats and journalists who have a proprietary interest in Washington and identify with it.
"Proprietary interest" is rich, isn't it?
They call the capital city their "town."
Not our town, note well.
"[Clinton] came in here and he trashed the place," says Washington Post columnist David Broder, "and it's not his place."
No, it wasn't, was it? And not ours either. What we have in the Beltway is a permanent ruling class that's gradually morphing into an aristocracy to support a government that's rapidly changing into an authoritarian regime.
This column from Quinn is a warning shot to Obama. The message is two-fold: (1) We own Washington, not you, and (2) when you get elected, give us control of your administration if you know what's good for you.
Of course, these people are always wrong about everything (except getting big bucks to write drivel and go on TV).
So it's an excellent sign for Barack that Quinn is taking shots at him now. In fact, it's the best reason I've heard to vote for the man.
NOTE Via Kevin Drum who gives Quinn far more credit for intellectual honesty than she deserves.
UPDATE See also TPM's Reed Hundt, who got the same vibe I did.