- Inside the Beltway
"Inside the Beltway" is a
phraseused to characterize parts of the real or imagined American political system. It refers to the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495), a beltwaythat encircles Washington, D.C., and is meant to invoke matters that are important primarily within the offices of the Federal government, its contractors, lobbyists, and the media which cover them.
An early use of the phrase can be seen in "The Warren Commission Didn't Know Everything" by Nicholas M. Horrock, "The New York Times", October 12, 1975, page 230, which begins:
"In the White House of Richard M. Nixon, it was said that Watergate would become serious only if it "got outside the Washington Beltway," if the depths of the disgrace were understood by the American people. In 1974, the truth of Watergate flooded the country, and the Nixon presidency ended.
"It can be said that the myriad doubts about the Warren Commission's findings in the death of President Kennedy represent a reverse situation. The doubts would never be taken seriously until they were inside the Beltway, in the halls of Congress, the courts and the White House."
The phrase is a form of
metonymy. It is sufficiently well known in the U.S. that the mere word "beltway" is used in various combinations for many discussions about national politics, including newspaper columns, television shows, web sites and blogs.
Westminster Bubble" or "Westminster village" is a term for a similar concept in the United Kingdom.
The phrase has also been adopted by
New Zealandpolitical commentators, as in the political blog "Inside the Beltway" as part of Fairfax Media's www.stuff.co.nz current affairs website. Given that there is no comparable "beltway" around the government buildings in Wellington, New Zealand's capital city, this is a demonstration of the pervasive nature of American political terminology. (The Corngatescandal is another example.)
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