by DownWithTyranny, Tue Mar 07, 2006 at 06:32:41 AM EST
I wonder how many members of Congress have read Upton Sinclair's classic 1906 novel, THE JUNGLE. Every year THE WASHINGTONIAN has all the congressional staffers rate the members based on all kinds of attributes. It's generally acknowledged that the brainiest guys in the House are Barney Frank (D-MA) and retiring right-wing loon Bill Thomas (R-CA) and that the most egregiously stupid member is Katherine Harris (replacing imprisoned Republican bribe taker Randy "Duke" Cunningham). Even though Thomas taught at a community college before he began his long career legislatively undermining Americans' lives and even though he lived a short distance from Sinclair's home in Monrovia, CA, I'd bet that it was only Barney who's read this book, and certainly only Barney who understood it.