I think it is increasingly true that the parties are polarized and that they are uninterested in compromising. The staff is working heroically and maybe some of the members are, but I think it looks pretty grim. That was part of the reason I left.
At a certain point, you think of, “Why do I want to work 90 hours a week and not have a day off for weeks on end, when these people—the actual elected officials—are unwilling to spend the time and effort to actually solve the nation’s problems?”
My guy was willing, but he was rare.
–Republican, Professional Committee Staff, United States Senate