Ana Marie Cox, better known as the founder of Nick Denton’s political gossip beat Wonkette is now on Time Magazine’s beat. Reportedly she will be doing a weekly column on politics for the Web site and a monthly column in the magazine. This follows the arrival of Andrew Sullivan to Time as well.
Here’s a teaser:
Title: Lobbyists in Love
The first two years I lived in Washington, I was “the wife.” My husband was an editor at the Washington Post, but my career lottery number had yet to come up. Tagging along in the modest swirl of D.C. cocktail parties, I was the half of the couple who watched people’s gaze drift during conversation as they searched the room for someone a little more plugged in. No one remembered my name or asked for my card or paid for my lunch. I was unexpensable. My husband twice received handsome engraved invitations to presidential dinners. For those events and many others, I was the perpetual plus-one.
No one here wants to be “the wife.” Especially not the husband. Being “the wife” isn’t about the power structure inside the marriage. It’s about where you fit in outside it.