‘It’s the epicentre. It’s the Colosseum in Rome. All roads lead to here. And it’s a young person’s game’
ONTHEWAY to the lunchtime cashier in the Senate’s Dirksen Cafe, Lauren, 25, and Alana, 26, are people-watching, guessing which staffers are Democrats and which are Republicans. ‘Oh, I gesture towards a woman in a bun and thong sandals waiting at the sandwich station. ‘D,’ Lauren whispers. It’s a summer wearing pearl earrings and heels, bright, earnest and passionate about the Hill.
but live together in a group house on Capitol Hill, Washington, with important positions. A lot of the boss] the senator and goes into his decision-making process. Which is a speechwriter for a few months, Lauren helped devise the senator’s talking points. ‘It was amazing to see remarks I had into the Congressional Record. As I listened, I thought, I found
other things, legislative aides and communications directors: 20-somethings who draft recommendations on how their and who decide who gets to meet with legislators, when, genuine do-gooders who consider themselves public servants intent on either changing the world… or running it. ‘Capitol a crucial part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care what happens here. It’s the epicentre. It’s the Colosseum in That’s no understatement. Sarah Swinehart, Speaker of the House John Boehner’s director of media affairs, planned the Pope’s September visit to Stefanik, the Republican from upstate New York, was hired fresh out of Harvard as an aide to George W. Bush’s head of for his vice presidential debate against incumbent Joe Biden. minted graduates are tasked with such critical responsibilities personal matters. Sleeping with one is par for the course. So
Group housing is de rigueur. Republican Lauren and