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   Washingtonian's Best & Worst of Congress: Who’s the best-looking member of Congress? The smartest? The meanest? Top aides on Capitol Hill tell all.

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9/20/2008 2:00 pm

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Entered 9/20/2008, Updated 9/20/2008

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If you catch Eric Cantor on C-Span, you’ll likely find him a pleasant enough fellow. Good hair, nice teeth, nothing remarkable. Don’t be fooled. The four-term congressman from Richmond is a budding GOP power broker, someone who one day might win the White House. That’s according to the people who know Congress best—the top aides on Capitol Hill. Every election year, we survey 1,700 of them—administrative assistants, press secretaries, legislative directors, and chiefs of committee staffs—to get their take on the best and worst members of Congress. Who’s smart? Who’s not? And who looks good in a swimsuit? For each response, we gave a dollar to charity—the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington or So Others Might Eat. Aides are remarkably candid in their responses, even putting aside partisanship to dress down stars of their own party. Here are their picks—and pans—for 2008.


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