Very often people visiting Capitol Hill would smile at me and say with a Shrewd look, “I know that the staff really runs Capitol Hill.”
This is one of those statements that is so dumb I didn’t usually bother to dispute it. It’s what us old country Southerners call “bein’ Shrewd,” which is exactly what Oliver Hardy of Augusta, Georgia meant when he said “There is nothing dumber than a dumb man who thinks he’s smart.”
Capitol Hill is all about power. Every member of each House can tell to millimeter just how much real influence he has over a bill or in a debate by just a few words inserted into the Record or into a bill that most people world not even notice.
In the places I worked, any staffer who even slightly tried to run things would be out on his ass and nobody else would hire him.
To say that staff runs Capitol Hill is exactly like saying, Shrewdly, “The clerks at the bank control all the money.”
What would YOU say if some nut told YOU that?
Banks are ABOUT money. Congress is ABOUT power.
Clerks and managers don’t rule the money. Staff doesn’t quietly seep power from the boss any more than a bank manager secretly sneaks money home each night.
In both cases, there is an accounting and it comes quick.
I believe this a major problem I have with Jared and DD. I am not interested in leading a Movement. I leave that job gratefully to them just as I left the job of getting elected gratefully to the guy in the front office.
When John Ashbrook hired me, he told me that he was busy twenty eight hours a day, and he didn’t have time to sit and do the THINKING he needed to do. So I studied HIS views and did the thinking he had not the time to do.
It may be bit hard to Jared and the Blacks to understand that I am NOT trying to replace anybody in the heavy work load they have to keep their organizations running.
This also is a bit of a reminder to our radio hosts.
I am a STAFFER. What I do is think about how we can win and work very hard to come up with ways to break through, like the term “anti-white.”
I have no wish whatever to dominate someone else’s agenda.
All I ask is that they TRY what we come up with. We are asking very, very little, and if all those cries about how it would ruin them turn out to have merit, do what a congressman does with a staffer’s recommendations if they don’t work: drop ‘em.
But I repeat: Good staff work is a gift, not an imposition.