February 17, 2010

An Abstinent D.C. Makes Fewer Laws

...which is a good thing, from my point of view. An interesting Dispatch article:
“I don’t know a senator who has been a governor who is happy being in the Senate,” said former Michigan Gov. James Blanchard. “Not only do you not have any power when you are a senator — except to hold things up or filibuster — but the truth is, unless you’re the chair of a major committee, nobody listens to you.”...

Tom Korologos, a veteran Washington lobbyist, said the atmosphere is “much worse” than when, as a White House aide, he helped round up votes for President Richard Nixon in the early 1970s.

"And I have a theory: They quit drinking. Don’t laugh,” Korologos said. He said that during Nixon’s first term, he would “meet in the backrooms” with key senators and “the bottles would be open. ... Guys would sit around and talk and have a pop or two. I cut more deals there than you ever do in the daylight. That’s disappeared.”

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