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(Politico)   A long lost, and completely unvarnished interview with LBJ's closest congressional aide and go-to "fixer" reveals that Congress used to be full of drunks and sex fiends. So, pretty much exactly the same as it is now   (politico.com) divider line 37
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2013-11-21 02:56:56 PM
Ain't broke?  Don't fix it.
 
2013-11-21 02:57:50 PM
i78.photobucket.com
 
2013-11-21 02:58:35 PM
Congress is pretty much like everyplace else, in other words.
 
2013-11-21 03:05:58 PM
It takes a special kind of confidence to run for public office.
That kind of confidence is often possessed by drunken sex fiends.
 
2013-11-21 03:10:03 PM
That's why Congress used to be functional. Everyone had dirt on everyone else so shiat got done.
 
2013-11-21 03:12:16 PM
We traded drunks and sex fiends for god-bots and fanatics.  Time was you could do something over a three martini breakfast and then trade interns to seal the deal.  Nowadays it is all about ideology and face time.
 
2013-11-21 03:14:48 PM
Times were that you didn't leave an electronic trail right up to your indiscretions.
 
2013-11-21 03:17:44 PM
Why did I read the word "Closests" as "Closeted" the first time I glanced at that headline?


Oh, probably because I came to know of lots of closeted (usually conservative) politicos around DC when I showed up as a young govt lawyer.  I guess I was a bit naive as I just could not understand the amount of self-loathing that must of been endemic to hundreds of gay (but publicly very gay critical) staffers and politicians that inhabited the Congressional offices in that city.
 
2013-11-21 03:17:45 PM

Cheron: We traded drunks and sex fiends for god-bots and fanatics.  Time was you could do something over a three martini breakfast and then trade interns to seal the deal.  Nowadays it is all about ideology and face time.


Exactly. The possibility that even half of these moral crusaders are true believers, or so deeply repressed they actually believe their own BS is what terrifies me.
 
2013-11-21 03:22:08 PM

Cheron: We traded drunks and sex fiends for god-bots and fanatics.  Time was you could do something over a three martini breakfast and then trade interns to seal the deal.  Nowadays it is all about ideology and face time.


we still have the drunks, to be fair

www.blogforiowa.com
 
2013-11-21 03:29:28 PM
"Why, I was at the conception of Senator Thurmond's last child.  You should have seem his wrinkled posterior,  thrusting into his wife, with each penetration the room feared would be the old mans last.  At the end we were not sure if he was having a heart attack or climaxing.  I had to send two interns into the fray to check if the good Senator was still alive." 


/Credit to Satanic_Hamster
 
2013-11-21 03:33:02 PM
Of course. Decadent elitist hypocrites who ultimately used their positions of privilege and power to take advantage of the system.
 
2013-11-21 03:38:25 PM
Make sure you persevere to page two for this gem: (about a purported East German spy)

Ellen Rometsch was ... as pretty as Elizabeth Taylor. ... She was sort of like me. She'd come from Germany broke. She really loved oral sex. So any time - 90 percent of the people who give you money want to know if you can get them a date. I don't give a damn who they are. They're away from mama and their wives and they have a tremendous desire to party. ... Bill Thompson [a lobbyist] ... said [of Rometsch], 'Baker, where did you get that good-looking woman? ... You think if I invited her to my apartment she'll go to the White House and see President Kennedy?' I said, 'She would jump at the chance.' So she went to the White House several times. And President Kennedy called me and said it's the best head-job he'd ever had, and he thanked me....

"Any time I had a rich guy in town, my secretary called her to see if she could go out. She told me that of all the people she had met ... the nicest one was Congressman Jerry Ford [R-Mich.]. [FBI Director] J. Edgar Hoover could not find out the happenings when the Warren Commission was investigating the killer of President Kennedy. ... J. Edgar Hoover could not find out what they were doing. So, he had this tape where Jerry Ford was having oral sex with Ellen Rometsch. You know, his wife had a serious drug problem back then. ... Hoover blackmailed ... Ford to tell him what they were doing. That's the reason I don't like him. It's just a misuse of authority."



The Fellatrix in question and her beaus (judging by JFK's smile that was taken immediately after):
images.politico.com
 
2013-11-21 03:42:40 PM

Magorn: Fellatrix


Good word.
 
2013-11-21 03:43:56 PM
Not quite, we now have coke-snorting, cabana-boy lovin' poseurs.

/Would love to have Congress be all women.
//Less likely to have such shenanigans.
///And if there's any sex fiend, would like to be part of the action
 
2013-11-21 03:46:37 PM
If I ran for congress, I would just be honest about it: "Yeah, I'm hoping to get a lot of pussy out of the deal. I'll say no to bribes, vote for what I think is right, but for God's sake, what's the use of having power if you can't use it to sleep with a bunch of hot women?"
 
2013-11-21 03:51:13 PM

Virtuoso80: If I ran for congress, I would just be honest about it: "Yeah, I'm hoping to get a lot of pussy out of the deal. I'll say no to bribes, vote for what I think is right, but for God's sake, what's the use of having power if you can't use it to sleep with a bunch of hot women?"


There's a word for that: corrupt
 
2013-11-21 04:00:26 PM

Cheron: We traded drunks and sex fiends for god-bots and fanatics.  Time was you could do something over a three martini breakfast and then trade interns to seal the deal.  Nowadays it is all about ideology and face time.


Exactly! Say what you will about the Kennedys, they were always keen on the idea of drinking, abortions, and carrying on.
 
2013-11-21 04:06:40 PM

whidbey: Virtuoso80: If I ran for congress, I would just be honest about it: "Yeah, I'm hoping to get a lot of pussy out of the deal. I'll say no to bribes, vote for what I think is right, but for God's sake, what's the use of having power if you can't use it to sleep with a bunch of hot women?"

There's a word for that: corrupt


Here in Chicago we don't mind corrupt as long as the streets get plowed.

/speaking of getting plowed...
 
2013-11-21 04:16:34 PM
Thats a phenomenal set of stories. That guy lived a sweet ass life, even if he was only a page for it.

That being said, I wonder when the angry finger of sobriety kicked in the door of the Senate and made it all suck. shiat, if they told me I could keep that kinda shiat up, and still get thist done, you bet I'd do it.

It'd be worth even all the public ire.

/ Trickymoo: 2014. :-D
 
2013-11-21 04:24:09 PM

Cheron: We traded drunks and sex fiends for god-bots and fanatics.  Time was you could do something over a three martini breakfast and then trade interns to seal the deal.  Nowadays it is all about ideology and face time.


I want my Senators to basically be Roger Sterling from Mad Men.

Drink hard, screw hard, and be able to get shiat done.
 
2013-11-21 04:35:48 PM

Gonz: Cheron: "...

I want my Senators  Fellatrix

  to basically be Christina Hendricks,  from Mad Men.

Drink hard, screw hard, and be able to wiggle her A$$."


FTFY
 
2013-11-21 04:45:07 PM

whidbey: Virtuoso80: If I ran for congress, I would just be honest about it: "Yeah, I'm hoping to get a lot of pussy out of the deal. I'll say no to bribes, vote for what I think is right, but for God's sake, what's the use of having power if you can't use it to sleep with a bunch of hot women?"

There's a word for that: corrupt Male

 
2013-11-21 04:46:56 PM

Rann Xerox: [i78.photobucket.com image 480x352]


Are you referring to the article or the back page headline?

images.politico.com
 
2013-11-21 05:04:26 PM
Amazing find, subby.

One of the most interesting things I've read all year.
 
2013-11-21 05:22:49 PM

Virtuoso80: If I ran for congress, I would just be honest about it: "Yeah, I'm hoping to get a lot of pussy out of the deal. I'll say no to bribes, vote for what I think is right, but for God's sake, what's the use of having power if you can't use it to sleep with a bunch of hot women?"


And I'd vote for you. Twice.
 
2013-11-21 05:40:35 PM
Isn't this a repeat from yesterday?
 
2013-11-21 05:50:24 PM
So this gets green-lit twice in two days?

/it's ain't just the pols who been drinkin'.....
 
2013-11-21 06:55:52 PM
Appropriate

www.movieactors.com

Wadsworth: Professor Plum, you were once a professor of psychiatry specializing in helping paranoid and homicidal lunatics suffering from delusions of grandeur.

Professor Plum: Yes, but now I work for the United Nations.

Wadsworth: So your work has not changed.
 
2013-11-21 07:15:41 PM
It looks like back then the only alcohol problem they had was not enough.
 
2013-11-21 07:28:07 PM
Good! I missed it the first time. This is great stuff.
 
2013-11-21 08:50:41 PM

Magorn: Make sure you persevere to page two for this gem: (about a purported East German spy)

Ellen Rometsch was ... as pretty as Elizabeth Taylor. ... She was sort of like me. She'd come from Germany broke. She really loved oral sex. So any time - 90 percent of the people who give you money want to know if you can get them a date. I don't give a damn who they are. They're away from mama and their wives and they have a tremendous desire to party. ... Bill Thompson [a lobbyist] ... said [of Rometsch], 'Baker, where did you get that good-looking woman? ... You think if I invited her to my apartment she'll go to the White House and see President Kennedy?' I said, 'She would jump at the chance.' So she went to the White House several times. And President Kennedy called me and said it's the best head-job he'd ever had, and he thanked me....

"Any time I had a rich guy in town, my secretary called her to see if she could go out. She told me that of all the people she had met ... the nicest one was Congressman Jerry Ford [R-Mich.]. [FBI Director] J. Edgar Hoover could not find out the happenings when the Warren Commission was investigating the killer of President Kennedy. ... J. Edgar Hoover could not find out what they were doing. So, he had this tape where Jerry Ford was having oral sex with Ellen Rometsch. You know, his wife had a serious drug problem back then. ... Hoover blackmailed ... Ford to tell him what they were doing. That's the reason I don't like him. It's just a misuse of authority."

The Fellatrix in question and her beaus (judging by JFK's smile that was taken immediately after):
[images.politico.com image 850x392]


Ordinarily, I hold to the "Fark's Politics tab is not my personal erotica site" rule but in this case...

More seriously, good find, Subs. I also missed this one before.

Same as it ever was, indeed.
 
2013-11-22 02:18:32 AM
I am really surprised that this article hasn't received more discussion than it already has. Such candid insight into the previous inner workings of Washington, and how abruptly it can end.

It's hard to draw comparisons to today's Capitol Hill. Hell, maybe it's the same, just with more corporate influence. I genuinely hope that I can look at the current partisan divide 20 years from now with a brighter outlook for the future.
 
2013-11-22 03:50:51 AM
Clearly, the booze and the sex kept them limber, more flexible, and more open to compromise.
 
2013-11-22 03:58:20 AM

Chaide: I am really surprised that this article hasn't received more discussion than it already has. Such candid insight into the previous inner workings of Washington, and how abruptly it can end.

It's hard to draw comparisons to today's Capitol Hill. Hell, maybe it's the same, just with more corporate influence. I genuinely hope that I can look at the current partisan divide 20 years from now with a brighter outlook for the future.


Something incredibly radical would have to occur within the political system. Because now you have rich horny old men teaching rich young men how to be their successors. Hypocritical pragmatic right-leaning traditions will continue as long as we allow them, and barring an all-out awakening in the younger generation, count on the same bullshiat 50 years from now. If we're still standing.
 
2013-11-22 06:57:57 AM
Could drink everybody in TFA under the table, plus Ted Kennedy twice:

www.louisianaweekly.com
 
2013-11-22 02:11:43 PM

Gulper Eel: Could drink everybody in TFA under the table, plus Ted Kennedy twice:


Of course, it has to be a Democrat.

You should wipe that record off. It has a skip. Just saying.
 
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