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I am selling out! Insurers: Hire me as your lobbyist!

After much thought I have decided to sell out, in the tradition of so many progressive Democrats who like me have worked for congressional leaders and senior Democrats. After seeing the latest scam being perpetrated by industry lobbyists working with Democratic senators receiving industry money, which would allow bankrupt states to have state public options they can't do, and allow Republicans states to have state public options they won’t do, I have made the big career decision.


Farewell, Sally Crowe

Anyone who knows about the great history and traditions of the Capitol and the Congress will know why I and so many others will so greatly miss Sally Crowe, the very special hostess of the House Members Dining Room who recently passed away.

Sally began working in the Congress, in the Longworth cafeteria, before I was even born. She worked for the House for an amazing 57 years and was beloved by all.

When I worked for the House leadership, I cannot tell you how many times I had to visit the Members Dining Room, often at odd hours, often with no notice, often in a mad rush and sometimes with VIP guests. Sally was always there with her radiant smile, her glowing hair, her tactful manner and her wonderful style to make everyone feel comfortable and at home.

The Post and the Gnats

Those of us who live in Washington can sometimes over-inflate the importance of what goes on here, foisting local stories on a national audience.

Sometimes, though, those stories can help make a useful point. So today I write about the Washington Nationals and The Washington Post and what they share in common with so many of our failing institutions.

I’ll give it away: They are now being run by people who seem to have too little regard for their companies’ unique ways of doing business. They seem to consider unimportant the sometimes-tedious ethics and practices that made the properties they’ve taken over prosper in the first place. Economy-wide, whatever the enterprise, it’s only about making as much money as possible. Corner-cutting — of all types — is the way to do it.

The End of Rumination

I grumbled for many years when I commuted to work. What a waste of time and energy. But in my car or on the Metro, I often used that quiet time to ponder personal and professional questions that a busy schedule and lifestyle pushed to the background. I’d compose letters, devise strategies, consider options, balance competing demands while alone in my private zone. I now use that same time of reflection as I walk to and from my new office, solving the issues of our times and the mundane ones of my life. Or at least considering them.

Pinning Extremism

The left wing started it.

They tried to blame Bill O’Reilly for the actions of the idiot who killed Joseph Tiller.

Then they tried to pin the crazy man who shot and killed a security guard at the Holocaust Museum on conservative talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh.

Rush fired back, pointing out that many forms of virulent anti-Semitism come from the left.

The Holocaust Shooting

In loving memory of Officer Stephen Johns, I write this blog today honoring his heroism in the line of duty.

I’m sure every reader joins me in honoring each and every security guard at the National Holocaust Museum who knowingly placed his or her life on the line to protect visitors and, more importantly, to take this murderer out. It’s difficult to fathom what goes through a law enforcement officer’s mind when they stare down a dangerous threat, but they do it instinctually and unselfishly, and for that, this city and the nation are grateful.

Aligning for Justice Issues

Yesterday, the Alliance for Justice celebrated its 30th anniversary before a packed hall in Washington. A film showed some of its three-decades-long highlights. Speakers congratulated the now-venerable organization’s successes, and the audience warmed to the oncoming battle over Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Q-and-A with Tiger Woods

Last week Tiger Woods came to the Congressional Country Club (CCC) to promote the third annual AT&T National, a tournament that he founded to honor his father, Earl Woods, as well as our country's troops and veterans.

Tiger announced that he will play on the historic blue course on June 30. He told me that our capital city "is a great golfing town. This is a great sport town in general. We want to come back and play here as long as Congressional wants us. I mean, this is such a great golf course and such a special area, that of course you want to come back. It is a very historic golf course and one that players love to play."

No Respect

There's an old Rodney Dangerfield joke that goes something like this: "I went to see my psychiatrist the other day and he told me I was crazy. I asked for a second opinion and he said, 'OK, you're ugly, too!' "

The joke is similar to the request made by Attorney General Eric Holder, who, after being told by the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel that legislation before Congress granting voting rights to the District of Columbia was unconstitutional, "ordered a second opinion from other lawyers and determined that the legislation would pass muster."

Zerlanga’s Revenge

I’ve been away from Old Town Alexandria since November, so my attention was caught by reports in The Washington Post and The New York Times about the recent “scandal” in the historic district. A property owner on the main commercial street, King Street, frustrated by city bureaucrats who prevented him from expanding his hunting-and-fishing store, signed a long-term lease with La Tache, a shop selling sexy clothes, paraphernalia and X-rated DVDs. Shocking!