Posted under Uncategorized
Today I wish to raise a glass and offer a toast and salutations to staffers of all politicans. You who toil in the shadows of your bosses and yet are thrust into the light of blame when everything goes wrong. Take President Obama’s recent Oval Office speech on Iraq for example. If the speech was vapid and said nothing, it was probably because Obama didn’t have much to say. But to a columnist like the Washington Post’s Richard Cohen, it had to be because some White House staffer screwed up and must be fired. Indeed staff shake-ups are a Washingtonian’s favorite way to assign blame to someone else. After all, it can’t possibly the politican or cabinet member’s fault? It has to be the staff.
Oh, but just think how the whole of the Beltway would completly shutdown if all these incompetents suddenly disapperared and left those “in charge” to fend for themselves? Then we could really see who would sink or swim (call it Survivor: Potomac Island). Alas, until that happens, the lowly staffer will have to remain, if nothing else, to be the scapegoat and the target of ire. What, and you thought it was all just sharpening pencils and getting coffee?
And that’s why I say here’s to you all gophers of government: You may be dumped on now, but if you just hold on, someday you can be the one doing the dumping. And you too will need a flunky to blame all those missed votes or garbled speeches or poorly written out checks on and yell at if need be. Just wait your turn.