Ronald Reagan

Judging a president by his staff

Judging a president by his staff

For as long as there has been a Capitol Hill, a secret list has circulated informally among staffers there bearing the names of the most difficult members of Congress to work for. Any staffer today who has worked on the Hill long enough is familiar with the list and the names that perennially appear there. They are exchanged in hushed whispers over coffee in Rayburn Cafeteria, they bounce and skip along back benches during committee hearings, and they are discreetly shuffled across table tops in Russell Carry-Out on slips of tightly folded paper.

Members of Congress who make the list are there because they disrespect or harass their staffs. They throw shoes, belittle or spit cutting...

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