Capitol Hill Rituals, Strange and Not-So-Strange

New York Times reporter Dan Barry has an “outsider visiting the Capitol” piece (8/3/11) about the strange things one encounters in the legislative sausage factory. In some rooms you are required to wear a necktie; others have no such rules. The place is confusing in other ways, too: “To reach the third level from the first, walk down, not up.” Barry watches the behavior of reporters, scrambling around to get a quote from this or that lawmaker. Not that they’re interested in all lawmakers equally. After John Boehner spoke at one lectern, for instance: A few minutes later, representatives of […]