What struck me about the White House “gate crashers,” Michaele and Tareq Salahi, was not just their ability to pierce security checkpoints but also a report that Tareq had been spotted around town in a stretch Hummer.

Reality show culture, with all of its ostentatious trappings, has gained a foothold in the nation’s capital (see below), and it’s probably there to stay.

That's my latest column in Politico, which you can read here.

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