Washington Rules

In the mid to late nineties there was apparently leaked a list of “Washington Rules” as a training tool for new staff members in Congress. These rules, if applied, were sure to lead one on to a successful career in politics (and later in business). A similar list of rules are undoubtedly still circulating the “Hill.”

  • If it’s worth fighting for, it’s worth fighting dirty for.
  • Don’t lie, cheat or steal unnecessarily.
  • There’s always one more son of a bitch than you counted on.
  • An honest answer can get you in a whole lot of trouble.
  • The facts, although interesting, are irrelevant.
  • Chicken Little only has to be right once.
  • “No” is only an interim response.
  • You can’t kill a bad idea.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, kill all evidence that you ever tried.
  • The truth is a variable.
  • A porcupine with his quills down is just another fat rodent.
  • You can agree with any concept or notional future option, in principle, but fight implementation every step of the way.
  • A promise is not a guarantee.
  • If you can’t counter the argument, leave the meeting.

Source: Covert Action Quarterly, Summer 1997, Number 61, “Covert Briefs”

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One Response to Washington Rules

  1. beetleypete says:

    It would be wryly amusing, if we didn’t realise that it is all true.
    Best wishes from England, Pete.

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