The most revelatory piece on Washington that I’ve ever read is Sally Quinn’s infamous “Village” piece. If you haven’t read it before, and you’re interested in American politics, drop what you’re doing and read it right now.
Most politics is about turf wars. For example no one cares about the budget deficit per se, it’s just a concept that Galtians and neo-Confederates latch onto to promote policies keep the blahs and poors in their place. And establishment media latches onto it to keep the hippies in their place.
And establishment media’s anti-Greenwald jihad is also a turf war. The best justification they come up with is “he’s an asshole”. Establishment quasi-journalists are actually less sophisticated than the deficit hawk/granny starvers when it comes to hiding their true motivations.
Anyway, this is why I generally recommend ignoring the so-called substance of human beings’ arguments and focusing instead on the psychology that motivates their positions.