01/08/2019

Fox's Chad Pergram talks about the latest freshman class of lawmakers in today's "Speaker's Lobby."

I'm Chad Pergram with the Speaker's Lobby.

Congratulations, new members of the House and Senate.

You are no longer Washington outsiders.

You are now incumbents.

Are you part of the "swamp?" The "deep state?" The "establishment?" Unclear.

But you are most certainly now "inside the Beltway."

Most who come to Washington contend they won't "go native." There's merit in that.

But consider this quotation from Katharine Graham, the longtime publisher of the Washington Post: "When it comes to Washington, most people tend to think first of politics. But Washington is also a geographic and physical place. It is, for instance, one of the few cities in the world where you can talk endlessly about trees."

The House is host to a prodigiously large class. Such big classes are prone to greenhorn mistakes.

Everything from minor stumbles to major scandals.

And it's hard for freshmen to get attention.

Especially those not named New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

One surefire way to garner press? Just hours after you're sworn-in, use a profane pronoun when referring to the President of the United States.

With the Speaker's Lobby, Chad Pergram. Fox News.