These truths are self-evident, but we still try to keep up appearances. It's bad for business to admit you are a pinhead, even if the polls clearly show that the American people have not been fooled. So each year, nearly three thousand Beltway tribe members and their guests gather at the Washington Hilton, the place where Ronald Reagan got shot, to dine with the current president of the United States and pretend for a night that we actually belong to a cool crowd, a hip scene, an exclusive network of movers and shakers that everyone wants to join.
-The Coolest D.C. Party is Still Lame - TIME
What a very well written, truthful article by Micahael Scherer. I'm not sure if the commentary is more directed at the Washington politicians or the journalists, but wow. This is the most truthful thing to come out of this shindig since Stephen Colbert did his routine there in 2005.
UPDATE: The New York Times has apparently decided that "that the media-politician chumminess is unseemly and maybe even borderline unethical."