Who really has the power in Washington?
Matt Bai is a political reporter and staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, Bai graduated from Tufts in 1990 and received a Masters from the Columbia School of Journalism in 1994. Bai began his reporting career at the Boston Globe's metro desk; he spent five years as a national correspondent for Newsweek before coming to the Times in 2002. Bai has covered all sorts of national news: everything from the Columbine shootings to John Glenn's last space voyage to Mike Bloomberg's mayoral campaign. In recent years, Bai has focused primarily on intra-Democratic Party politics. He is the author of The Argument: Billionaires, Bloggers, and the Battle to Remake Democratic Politics, an analysis of the progressive movement. Bai's work has also appeared in both the 2005 and 2006 editions of The Best American Political Writing. Matt covered the 2008 presidential race for the New York Times Magazine.
Matt Bai: You know people with money have the power in Washington today. People, you know . . . interest groups with money; trade associations; lobbyists with money; individuals with money. I mean money has wrapped its tentacles around the political system. It’s impeding change. It’s not the only reason we’re not getting change. There’s a timidity and a natural resistance to . . . to . . . to embracing change, and a lack of leadership certainly that exists. But the money is making it awfully . . . It’s a terrible disincentive toward reform and toward sort of the evolution of government. And if, you know, you had to ask who had the most power, it would be . . . it would be anybody who could buy the time of an elected representative.
Recorded on: 12/13/07
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