Hang it up. Go home. Your ego is showing, and it’s not pretty. You had a chance to do something all those years ago and you squandered it. Now you’re just pathetic.
And let me assure you, I’m nowhere near membership in any “elite Beltway cocktail party circuit.” Nor am I among the “literati” or their “minions,” or any of the other groups you to whom you attribute any and all criticism. I’m just a guy who knows an empty suit when he sees one.
Maybe you and David Brooks can form a club or something.