Thursday, July 08, 2010

Heard: Free Train Rides to the Capitol

After six hours of waiting in the 95 degree heat, I was finally walking into the Elena Kagan Confirmation Hearing. The Senate Judiciary Committee had handed out over 400 tickets, and I was in the first group to enter the hearing. As we approach the roped off area to enter, a group of four kids start walking along side our line and attempt to enter the hearing. Noticing their presence, the judiciary staffer asked for their ticket, the same one the 380 other people were holding outside. One of the four goes -- "Oh, no no no, we're staff." Judiciary Staffer -- "Can I see your badge?" And with the flick of his wrist the kid turns around his sparkling red Congressional intern badge saying, "One of theeeessseeee?" After the staffer refused to let them into the hearing, they responded with, "Are you joking? I work in this building; I'm a Senate intern."

Nothing says DC intern like strolling into the biggest hearing of the year and expecting a red carpet in return for flashing their intern badge. The staffer started laughing and finished with, "you can either go outside and wait behind everyone else or try showing the badge downstairs and get a free train ride to the Capitol."


  1. wow this sounds like some highschool shit. just because some kids want to work hard and get ahead in their lives and serve your office for free you want to jump on their every move. Sounds like you staffers have nothing better to do. If the interns are lowly "nothings" then why are you even taking the time out to write about them? The stupidity of an intern should not be credited to their "red badge" it should be blamed on the effin IDIOT staffer who was careless enough to hire them. Staffers complain when interns dont take their job seriously enough and complain when they do. Seriously, I dont understand why you take the time out to complain, they are doing the shitty work that you dont want to do FOR FREE. be thankful. and next time, hire better interns that arent so stupid. it's your own damn fault you're encountering ones like this.

  2. Actually many times staffers have their hands tied when it comes to hiring. A lot of the most obnoxious interns get their positions as the result of a favor to mommy or daddy, who are oftentimes big campaign donors or other "important" people. At the end of the day, hill internships are constituent services!