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Does Gray recognize D.C.’s culture of corruption?

That’s pure, unadulterated poppycock. “Corruption” and “how the city is running” are two totally disconnected conditions.

No one ever suggested that the machinery of the federal government was not up and running when the Nixon White House engaged in the Watergate cover-up conspiracy.

Congress has continued to conduct public hearings, pass legislation, and serve constituents’ needs even as corrupt members have been trundled off to prison.

Likewise with state governments.

A culture of corruption has taken hold in this city. To deny that is delusional.

Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini may have “made the trains run on time” during his rule, but his regime was still rotten to its core.

“Running very well,” says Gray. So are the federal prosecutions.

Colbert I. “Colby” King writes a column -- sometimes about D.C., sometimes about politics -- on that runs on Saturdays. In 2003, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. King joined the Post’s editorial board in 1990 and served as deputy editorial page editor from 2000 to 2007.


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