Shameless defenders of Obama's business as usual are now floating the sexism card to defend Wintour's possible appointment. "The snark directed at the idea of Anna Wintour as ambassador to the UK seems to be 99 percent sexism. The bundler-to-embassy route isn't new," sniffed lefty writer Matthew Yglesias.
Silly "progressive." It would be sexist not to heap deserved scorn onto the naked back-scratching at play here.
"It is no coincidence that the best bundlers are often granted the greatest access, and access is power in Washington," a vocal critic of the practice once said. "Special interests," the critic thundered, have "turned our government into a game only they can afford to play."
Who said it? Candidate Barack "Do as I say" Obama, circa 2007-08.
Forget the "forward" rhetoric. Cut the populist crap. Retro access peddling never goes out of style in Washington: To the victor's elitist bundlers go the spoils.
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