By Tony Russell

“Congressman, you have a noon meeting with a group of peace activists who want to talk with you about your position on Syria. And I should warn you that there are some TV vans down in the parking lot.”

“Ouch! I’m meeting with some big donors at 11, another group of donors at 1, I didn’t have breakfast, and it’s already 10:30. That doesn’t leave much time to prepare, Sally, but I think I’ve got this Syrian thing down pat. I’ll just run through some talking points with you right now to make sure I’ve got them straight. I can ask the peace group for their input, listen to them for a while, make my statement, and fake the rest of it.”

“Okay. Shoot.”

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