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”