Profuse thanks to John Stossel for the usage of apparatchiks in reference to Hillary Clinton and her programmed minions. The naive etymology of apparatchik appears to be chicks of the apparatus. The true origin of the term has to obviously be Russian, however the collision of chik with chick has to be humorously noted. Monica Lewinsky and Susan McDougal come to mind as textbook examples of women who “went down” for their party.
One definition of the term is one who is a moving part in the machine of a large, powerful organization. That organization could be the government itself or any entity whose views and existence are advanced and promoted by the government.
A more nameless working defintion of apparatchik could be “The professional politician from NYC was an apparatchik when it came to generating money for campaigns. She could sense it, dig it out, stockpile it, and gleefully spend it, leaving only droppings as insufficient evidence.” All in the day of a rat, I mean rodent.