What happened to all the fun?

What happened to making fun of State Capitol Interns on the front page?  I’ll get it rolling again …

When I was down at the Capitol last week, I saw our favorite intern, and no, he wasn’t in the Rotunda, but it did appear he was thinking hard about something.  I’m sure what was on his mind had something to do with writing complex policy (or something like that).

(P.S. Thanks, Daniel, for being a fun sport as we rag on the interns.  It’s all a part of the process.  It also could be that making fun of other people in lower positions compensates for a lack of my own self-esteem … but I doubt that’s it.)


  1. Jeff Emanuel says:

    Of course that’s it, Wire! It’s not like you‘ve ever been gainfully employed in the only field that really matters — power-tripping…er, trying to legislate everybody’s life…um, entertaining delusions of grandeur…I mean, politics!

    Now I’ve lost my train of thought — what was the purpose of this thread again? Ah yes — interns! Quick note to the hard working interns out there: keep doing what you’re doing. The work, the fun, and all that both encompass are part of the job. While doing that job, though, keep your eyes open. You’ll see a lot of things, and meet a lot of people, and, as with elsewhere in life, there will be people worth emulating, and there will be people who are great examples of what not to do.

    Please, for the sake of getting our system back on track, emulate the good people. We already have far too many of the bad in place — no need for more. Seriously.


  2. GAWire says:

    I have said this before, but it is really almost scary how much interns and lowly paid staffers impact policy. At the federal level, there is a lot of important stuff that happens as a result of something an intern or junior staffer has done. It’s not that many of them are not capable – it’s just a little scary that much of the legislative process is “managed” by fresh out of undergrad polisci students with salaries right at the poverty line. More power to them, though. Most of them make it fun and do their job well.

    Personally, I think CRs should take over the legislative branch and executive for that matter (wait … I don’t think that was what I meant to say … someone help me out here).

  3. john.d says:

    My job training for Kinkos’ is coming along nicely thank you…

    Seriously though – I appreciate being able to get state politics information first hand and being paid to do it, even if it isn’t much. Its a privilege all citizens should have, but don’t (being able to keep track of what impacts them. Alas, they have real jobs).

    You would be surprised though how much information is gathered for sponsors of bills by interns and aids, as put by GAWire, paid at the poverty line. You won’t hear about that research at committee meetings though. Not to mention all the work Legislative Council does…jesus : “Can you give me a summary of the Patriot Act?” I think the LC had a heart attack at the request.

  4. gmcdaniel85 says:

    Ok, now I’m seriously trying to figure out the identity of GAWire… I have a feeling it will be as big of a shock to me as Tator’s identity would be to Jeff. (Yes, I now who [s]he is; no, I am not telling…)

    Of course I looked deep in thought. I was (and still am) trying to figure out where all these parties are that I am missing… 🙂

  5. GAWire says:

    Riddle me this, riddle me that, Daniel:

    I influence policy, but no good citizen would elect me to office. I often work at the Capitol, but my salary doesn’t come from the State …

  6. gmcdaniel85 says:

    Ok GAWire, I’m guessing you influence policy through educating legislators. I’ve discovered that most of the individuals who work at the Capitol do not draw a salary from the State. So, you really narrowed it down there… But, you did rule some suspects out… The “no good citizen” comment sounds a lot like me. I’m too idealistic to hold elected office anyway… 🙂

    Memberg, do you honestly think, if I were Tator, I would be quite so obvious?

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