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Homo Politicus: The Strange and Scary Tribes that Run Our Government

af Dana Milbank

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Dana Milbank writes The Washington Post's "Washington Sketch" column, a takedown of the ridiculous and the powerful that appears four times a week, and has earned the title of "the most hated man in the White House Press Corps." Here he skewers the peculiar and alien tribal culture of politics, examining the mating rituals of Homo politicus, demonstrating how status is exhibited in the Beltway's rigid caste system, and detailing the ritual sequence of human sacrifice whenever a scandal erupts (the sacrificial victim is not the guiltiest party, but the lowest ranked). He mows down the pompous and the stupid among Democrats, Republicans, reporters and bureaucrats by naming names. Every appalling anecdote in this book is, alas, true.--From publisher description.… (mere)
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Strange & Scary tribes that run our government
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
The premise of this tome is that Dana Milbank, Washington Post columnist, is an anthropologist studying the primitive tries found along the banks of the Potomac and writing them up for publication, possibly achieving tenure in the process. It only works up to a point. After the fifth or sixth chapter the joke is pretty stale.



Politicians, lobbyists, journalists, staffers and various hangers on in Washington D.C. have their quirks and peccadilloes and Milbank is here to tell us all about them. Since it is on the eleven o'clock news every stinking night right after he drive by shootings, the carjackings and the baby alligators in the toilet, we are all pretty familiar already. If I hear one more blue dress joke I am going to scream.

The glossary of Potomac speak is useful and interesting, though. Here are a few examples:

You're doing a heck of a job.
You will be fired in ten days.

I don't pay attention to the polls.
My approval rating is 32 percent.

Frankly . . .
The following statement is false.

Since it's the quadrennial silly season I thought a bit of political reading might be in order. This is plenty, though. I'm going to return Newt's bogus diatribe and check out a nice Laura Lippman novel or something to cleanse my palate.

I'll Never Forget The Day I Read A Book!
  cbjorke | Sep 10, 2009 |
This book tells how the goverment is hunted and run by people who really do not care. It is a scary. ( )
  saidshafik | Jul 11, 2009 |
Very interesting and somewhat depressing look into recent Washington politicians and the inner workings of the city. The comparisons to different historical tribes got a little annoying for me, and the book seemed to just end without any type of summation. Overall, worth a read from one of my favorite contributors on MSNBC's Countdown. ( )
  cskaryd | Feb 18, 2008 |
An enjoyable look, albeit a somewhat disturbing one at times, at the bunch of loons we entrust to run our nation. Somewhat skewed in its skewering, it looks at more Republican misdeeds and oddnesses, but then my admittedly-biased opinion is that there are more misdeeds and oddnesses on that side of the aisle. YMMV. ( )
  ErasmusRob | Feb 7, 2008 |
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Dana Milbank writes The Washington Post's "Washington Sketch" column, a takedown of the ridiculous and the powerful that appears four times a week, and has earned the title of "the most hated man in the White House Press Corps." Here he skewers the peculiar and alien tribal culture of politics, examining the mating rituals of Homo politicus, demonstrating how status is exhibited in the Beltway's rigid caste system, and detailing the ritual sequence of human sacrifice whenever a scandal erupts (the sacrificial victim is not the guiltiest party, but the lowest ranked). He mows down the pompous and the stupid among Democrats, Republicans, reporters and bureaucrats by naming names. Every appalling anecdote in this book is, alas, true.--From publisher description.

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