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February 19th, 2009
12:37 PM ET

What Congress needs is a pest

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Ed Rollins
CNN Contributor

I first arrived in Washington in January 1973 as a new member of the Nixon team working in congressional relations for the administration.

The re-elected President, who had just won a 49-state electoral landslide, was going to change Washington and become a historic president.

Richard M. Nixon certainly did become historic, but not in the way he thought he would. Those 18 months between Inauguration Day 1973 and August 9, 1974, when President Nixon resigned in disgrace, were for me the equivalent of earning my Ph.D in American politics.

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  1. Annie Kate

    H.R. Gross sounds like quite a character. I don't remember him but I wish we had more like him now. I do remember the Nixon years and that debacle overshadowed just about everything else. Glad to know that Gross was on the job, seeing what was in those turkeys of bills while the rest of us were glassy eyed over the Watergate hearings.

    February 19, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  2. xtina, chicago IL

    like a great man said, "government isn't the solution, government is the problem"

    February 19, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  3. Jim,California

    Ed we allready have them- Thier called Senators, Congress men & women- They are the worst pests I know.

    February 19, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  4. John Miller

    I loved the this writing by Ed Rollins. Everything is so true.

    February 19, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  5. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    The most important thing I learned is that the government continues to function no matter what the crisis. The Congress continues to meet and spend money and pass laws---you said "continues to function" or did you mean continues to be dysfunctional?" If that is what you beleive is a functioning government-–you have learned nothing-even with your equivalent Phd.

    February 19, 2009 at 11:43 am |