Out with the old, in with the new. So Inside the Beltway reader John Lockwood discovered when carefully stepping through the halls of power in the Longworth House Office Building.
“I began noticing all sorts of stuff piled up in the corridors — desks, chairs, cardboard boxes full of anything. Defeated incumbents packing up?” he asks. “And then my theory was confirmed by a poster on the wall, giving courses for departing members in how to cope with it all: ‘Sic transit gloria mundi.’ “
That is a Latin phrase meaning, “Thus passes the glory of the world,” although it’s more commonly interpreted to mean “Fame is fleeting.”