Another classic in the genre of Washington scorn (originally in the WSJ, author not clear):

This morbid aura is not enhanced by the tens of thousands of pinched-nosed former student-body presidents and yearbook hogs, who, with their antiseptically Waspish mates, are the living dead who run this litter-free city.

It's really not that bad. Once you take the time to find the characters rather than the careerists.

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