Washington is so flooded with powerful, important people lists it doesn’t know what to do with itself. So what’s one more such list that bears about as much importance as another story on why George Zimmerman has gotten so fat and what, if anything, it means.
Two female reporters made National Journal‘s 25 Most Influential Women in Washington Under 35 list that no doubt reached the zeitgeist early this morning in the pub’s magazine. They are Bloomberg White House reporter Julianna Goldman (at right) and NYT economic policy reporter Annie Lowry (at left). No offense to either woman — were sure they’re each fabulous in their own way. But what’s a little baffling is why they were chosen among the sea of female reporters in Washington. There’s no rhyme or reason for the pick and no heartfelt testimonials as they list boring, bland bios for each woman without ever explaining how or why they are “influential” enough to hit the Top 25. They do mention that Lowry is “one-half of a Washington journalism power couple” since she’s married to WaPo‘s Ezra Klein.
They also conceded in the introduction, “Lists like these are highly unscientific, so this year, in addition to soliciting suggestions from our staff, we asked members and readers—through e-mail, Facebook and Twitter—to nominate young women who had already made a difference. We were flooded with responses.”