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Outside the Beltway

By Matthew Yglesias  

"Outside the Beltway"

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I don’t have high expectations for political journalism, but this is truly absurd. Steve Benen points out that we have several media outlets describing conservatives as going “outside the beltway” for an event that was held in an Arlington, Virginia pizza shop:

As part of the Republican Party’s rebranding effort, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) hosted a National Council for a New America event at a pizza shop over the weekend. Roll Call reported, “Cantor said the idea of the road show is to gather ideas from outside the Beltway to shape the Republican agenda.”

CQ had a similar item: “After consecutive catastrophic electoral losses … Republican leaders are turning their attention outside the Capital Beltway — and outside their severely diminished party ranks — to gather ideas from the public that they hope will help them rebound.”

The event happened at Pie-tanza which, as you can see, is firmly within the Beltway. Surely if political reporters are going to know anything, it’s going to be where the Beltway is located.

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