While I’m relatively new to government service (4-1/2 years), I thought that my almost 30 years in the media and regulatory arena in the private sector would give me some insight into the workings of government. Even with a stint at C-SPAN behind me, I am all too often befuddled by lots that goes on at my agency.
Dana Milbank’s Homo Politicus, especially the last three pages on the use of language and glossary that follows, gives clarity and understanding to what I’ve experienced (and continue to deal with!).
It’s a great read, fun and funny, yet full of insights that explains lots of what happens in this town. Highly recommended, along with his Washington Post column and blog.