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Washingtonian Mag Ranks Congress: Amash 'Lobbyists' Worst Enemy'

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Washingtonian magazine this week released its fifteenth biennial survey on the best and worst of all the Congresscritters roaming our great nation's swampy capital.

The publication takes a jab at them:

Despite approval ratings lower than Vladimir Putin's, the men and women of the 113th Congress have continued to debate, investigate, raise funds, and campaign with ebullience. Seeing as little if any legislation arises from their activities, it's apparent that if there are winners and losers, hits and misses, the average citizen isn't privy to the scorecard.

As such, the survey is conducted not among the great unwashed of the American public, but among the aides of these lawmakers.

Most of the categories have a total of four spots, two for each house. For example, the "meanest" in the Senate are 1. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and 2. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and in the House are 1. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and 2. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.).

However, one category, Lobbyists' Worst Enemy, has a lone representative: Justin Amash (R-Mich.). The libertarian-leaning congressman, who posts on Facebook detailed explanations of all of his votes in the House, succinctly commented on his distinction: "Hmm."

Conspicuously below him in the Lobbyists' Best Friend category were two other Republicans: 1. Eric Cantor (Va.) and 2. John Boehner (Ohio).

Of course, Cantor's biggest distinction this year was losing his primary. He is the first sitting House majority leader ever to manage that. Washingtonian notes that the survey was handed out just after his loss. Cantor resigned in August but bounced right into an investment bank gig worth $3.4 million.

As for Boehner, rumors have long swirled that fellow Republicans are going to try to oust him from his Speaker position.

Some other interesting highlights from the poll include Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who earned spots in the Rising Star, Best Speaker, Surprise Standout (whatever that means), and Most Likely to Run for President (with competition only from Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

On the other hand, presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) "earned… a variety of dubious distinctions in our survey, including showhorse, clueless, and most disappointing—and that was just from Republicans," explains Washingtonian.

Read the rest of the rankings here.

Read about how earlier this year, an affiliate magazine, Washingtonian Mom accidentally revealed that former Press Secretary Jay Carney decorates his house with communist propaganda

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  1. Despite approval ratings lower than Vladimir Putin’s, the men and women of the 113th Congress have continued to debate, investigate, raise funds, and campaign with ebullience. Seeing as little if any legislation arises from their activities,

    They say that like its a bad thing. And even if it were, the President has to sign a bill for it to be law. Maybe if Obama came out of retirement there might be a few more laws passed.

    1. What they ought to be doing is repealing laws, but that will never happen.

      1. If the federal register stops growing, we all die.

    2. Why bother to sign a bill when he can just issue a decree?

    3. Last time I checked, the House has sent lots of bills to the Senate.

      They’re all stacked up on Harry Reid’s desk.

      1. He’s never there. He’s always on the can, shitting on everybody, but it’s useless, he’s still full of shit.

      2. I’ve read this comment a few times, and pretty much assumed it was bullshit. So I looked it up, and found an article that claimed it was bullshit.

        But here’s the thing: the facts in the article make it clear that the claim is not bullshit.

        1) The article claims that ignoring hundreds of bills from the other chamber is normal. And it is. But that doesn’t make the “hundreds of bills” claim false, and it disputes the “do-nothing” claim.

        2) At the bottom, the article claims that each chamber is passing fewer bills than average. But that claim is not true if you look at the past 20-25 years; it’s pretty normal over that range. Where there is a dip is in the number of bills enacted, which indicates either a difference in ideology between the chambers (which is the way things were designed) or a do-nothing president.

        Standard libertarian disclaimer: I’m perfectly fine with a do-nothing Congress.

        1. Number of bills is a worthless measure, since a bill can range from 2000 pages asserting control over 1/5th of the economy, to two pages declaring April National Illegal Immigrant Gay Marriage Month.

  2. As such, the survey is conducted not among the great unwashed of the American public, but among the aides of these lawmakers.

    This insidey insider stuff really annoys the shit out of me. Who cares what a particular aide of a given member of congress thinks about the guy sitting across the aisle. Of course they’re going to hate “that other guy”. When you’ve been given a prestige job working for a sitting national politician, you’re supposed to hate the other guys, and love yours.

    1. The opposing party is your adversary, the people are the enemy.

    2. Honestly, I hate the aids and the staffs more than I hate the politicians. No matter how much I loath the politicians, I have to give them some grudging respect for managing to get elected. I couldn’t do that.

      The aids and staff in contrast are the worst sorts of scum. Nothing but idiot sons, loathsome hacks and douche bag yes men. The Hill staff of both parties are everything you think they would be and worse. Arrogant, utterly ignorant but drunk with power fucking up everything they touch.

      1. The Hill staff of both parties are everything you think they would be and worse. Arrogant, utterly ignorant but drunk with power fucking up everything they touch.

        Oh I know, I watch Veep religiously.

        1. Can’t wait until next season.

      2. I met a few of these people when I first moved to DC. I never have violent thoughts about people, but after just hanging around with some of these Hill staffers for a couple of hours I wanted to strangle them, and I can’t explain precisely why.

        1. I have the same feeling. I think it is some kind of instinct left over from when humans lived on the plains of Africa or something. An instinctual understanding of when another person is a parasite on the tribe.

          1. Okay, that was a good line.

    3. Much less so with the insiders as you’d think. Most of the political class from the two parties has a lot more in common with one another than they do with the rest of us. The “hateses” are just for show.

  3. Even the civil liberty lobby???

    1. Obama is the civil liberty lobby. He got a constituency!

      1. With his midget and broom and whatnot.

    1. I saw that on Yahoo.

      I would have shit myself.

    2. Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies
      Farewell and adieu to you, ladies of Spain;
      For we have received orders
      For to sail to back to Boston,
      And we may ne’er see you fair ladies again

    3. NSFW. Unless you work somewhere that’s pretty liberal about continence.

  4. If I were Amash I would carry that title like a badge of honor. Ask all the news channels to put it on screen after his name. Maybe even get a little trophy made and put it on his desk in D.C.

    1. He needs a better quote than “hmmm”. Something along the lines of “If this be intransigence, then make the most of it!”

      The floor is open to suggestions!

      1. “Say hello to my leetle fren'”?

  5. I think Amash should run for the GOP nom. He might not win but he’d be another libertarian voice. Maybe he should win? Seems to have less baggage and just a bit better touch than Rand, who I still think is great.

  6. Amash will wear that as a badge of honor.

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