Washingtonian Magazine attempts a defense of criticisms of Washington DC made by “flyover state hayseeds ” (Yes, they use that phrasing). They end up validating every criticism… Washington DC really is a place where self-centered elitists really don’t give a damn about anything but their own power and egos and have a sneering contempt for the rest of the country.
“Yes, (our) stock-in-trade is abstractions: statistics, seminars, social science. But those abstractions—that out-of-touchness, if you will—are the very things that help our technocrats rise above parochialism. They don’t worry about the effects of policies on their neighbor or on the business around the corner. Sure, our wonks have a point of view, an ideology even. But they cast their arguments in terms of the national interest, and they mean it. If Washington were allowed to make policy—without the heartland and its parochialism getting in the way—we might actually fix this place.”
So, basically “Shut Up, You stupid hicks. We know what’s best for you and we don’t give a damn about you.”
Which is exactly why people hate Washington.
This arrogance is the number one thing I don’t miss now that I no longer live there.