Kennedy, Byrd, Stevens, Lott. Those are just some names from inside the beltway that are familiar to households across the country. They are generally not known for what they have done to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. It’s more likely that they’re known for bringing home the bacon, or their extended stay in Washington as congressional leaders.
When these professional politicians leave office, they normally stay around the place and are provided with comfortable high-profile Washington lobbyist gigs. It’s funny how these elitists react to living in the real world. Kennedy has a family fortune to depend on, but could you imagine if he needed to get a real job where he had to contribute to the day-to-day operations of a business?
Former Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) is struggling a bit to adjust to life as a lobbyist.
“I took the Metro for the first time,” Lott told the Sleuth Thursday afternoon in the makeup room of MSNBC, where he and his new lobbying partner, former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), were fixin (as Lott says) to do a TV segment.
“He’s been standing in front of his house waiting for his car and driver,” laughed Breaux from the makeup chair, adding with a tinge of a low-country twang, “He’s learning how to hail a cab.” (Read: HAY-ul a cab.)
Life in the private sector isn’t as cushy as Lott thought it would be. No more free lunches, no more taxpayer-funded car and driver, no more overprotective press secretary guarding him from the pesky media.
Lott says he doesn’t drive. He doesn’t own a car. Usually, he walks. One day, he says, he walked the 30 or so blocks from his downtown office on 14th Street Northwest to his home in Southeast Washington on Capitol Hill.
This is not a laughing matter. This is exactly what causes serious issues in management of the federal government. We need term limits for Washington legislatures right now.