The swamp won
Corey Lewandowski, Trump's first campaign manager, is on the cover of the forthcoming N.Y. Times Magazine ... "The Bucks Start Here: How to Get Rich in Trump's Washington ... His presidency has changed the rules of influence in the nation's capital — and spawned a new breed of lobbyist," by Nick Confessore:
- "One person offered Lewandowski $250,000 just to get the president to tweet about him."
- Then, "the Trump guys [learned] the downsides of proximity to the president... [T]he Trump administration was being swallowed by its own chaos."
- "[T]he traditional lobbying shops were doing just fine ... [D]espite Trump's campaign pledges, many of the agencies he now oversaw had proved more than friendly to the legions of longtime Beltway lobbyists..."
- "In July, he founded a new firm, Lewandowski Strategic Advisors. ... He hadn't yet landed that White House job, but he was in the West Wing often, and he had a new Twitter avatar: a picture of himself standing on the stairs to Air Force One. ... Lewandowski had absorbed the swamp's most essential trait: adaptability."