The marbled corridors of the Rayburn House Office Building are deserted at the moment, save for the tardy staffer bravely power-walking in masochistic heels.
That wasn't the case five minutes ago.
Then, the hallways of this four-story structure, home to U.S. representatives and their staffs, teemed with a mix of hustle, Frank Underwood agendas, and generous self-assessments of grandeur.
Quiet replaces that energy now.
Minnesota Congressman John Kline, a Republican who represents the Twin Cities' southern suburbs in a district that stretches into Wabasha County, makes his appearance down the hall from his fourth-floor office. He's dressed to filibuster in a navy suit and a light blue tie that pulls the whole ensemble together. The 67-year-old retired Marine Corps colonel appears as if he could still bang out a Crossfit workout without spiking his heart rate.
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