Congressional approval is the lowest ever recorded by the Gallup Poll, which dates back to 1935. Partisanship and passage of Obamacare may have something to do with it, but so may better press coverage.
This week, Politico published an interview with Bobby Baker, who was the most powerful civilian in the Senate until he resigned in disgrace 50 years ago; he later spent 18 months in federal prison for not paying taxes on his bribes.
As he had done in his memoirs, Baker spilled the beans on senator after senator. Beloved Republican leader Sen. Everett Dirksen of Illinois "never saw a $100 bill he didn't like."
Sen. Jennings Randolph, D-W.Va., accepted $200,000 from Sen. Robert Kerr, D-Okla., to vote against Kennedy's Medicare bill in 1962, according to Baker. Randolph had sponsored the bill, which failed.
Kerr died the next year and Jennings voted for the bill when it finally passed in 1965.
After the funeral of Sen. Styles Bridges, R-N.H., his widow asked Baker what to do with $2 million in cash that Styles left her.
Baker's mentor and benefactor, Lyndon Johnson, did not die poor.
Baker also described how senators drank and chased women throughout his tenure.
The press failed to report these doings. But had the public known, surely many of these gentlemen would have been tossed on their ear.
As Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., winds down his 50 years of public office and service, people are honoring his five-decade career.
No award can compare to the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun, which the Japanese government gave him.
Rockefeller lived and studied in Japan from 1957 to 1960. Decades later, his relationship with Japan paid off as he helped land the Wheeling-Nisshin steel deal in 1986.
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