“The difference between a senator and a congressman is the difference between chicken salad and chicken shit”

So said Lyndon Baines Johnson, and he should know. But despite the House of Representatives assuming the imperial trappings of their betters by ordering new fleets of Gulfstream jets for themselves and expanding their staffs ten-fold since LBJ’s day, they still act like the chicken shit they are. Here, for instance, is a wonderful video of a congressman in action.

Rep. Baron Hill (D., Ind.) putting a young constituent in her place:

Constituent: First of all, for journalism students, why can’t we film this? We have school projects, and I have just been taken aside and told that I can’t film this. I’m not disrupting, I’m keeping my opinions to myself, but now that I’m not getting to do this for a project, I was going to ask a question. I just–why can’t I film this? Isn’t this my right?

Hill: Well, this is my town-hall meeting, and I set the rules, and I’ve had these rules– [audience jeers]

Let me repeat that one more time! This is my town hall meeting for you [more jeering]. And you’re not going to tell me how to run my congressional office. Now, the reason for why I don’t allow filming is because usually the films that are done end up on YouTube in a compromising position.


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3 responses to ““The difference between a senator and a congressman is the difference between chicken salad and chicken shit”

  1. John

    It’s also not possible to make chicken soup if you start with chicken @#$%. Washington D.C., Sacramento, Hartford and Albany don’t seem to get this one. Solitaire anyone?



  2. Anonymous

    Review college education, esp selectivity of college and specific major/grades, and career achievements/net worth of any politician or bureaucrat: fairly self-evident that Darwinian selection prevails, esp in modern US economy of past 25 yrs in which most of wealthiest guys are self-made tech/financial guys originally from middle-income suburbia, not from UES or Greenwich old money

  3. digler

    Anonymous, Mortgage meltdown proved that the smartest quants did not have a clue (or were complete criminals). Clearly, the best and the brightest do not go into public service these days. The media has made that impossible. Also, it is clear that the only taste that most of the wealthy self made tech/financial guys have is in their mouth. Greenwich McMansions/Vulger Hamptons are surely a testament to that……………..even if they are traveling via G5’s. It takes a few generations to figure out how NOT to act like a total goombah!