No Soup

As Congressmen filed hungrily into the ornate, high-ceilinged House restaurant one noonday last week, big pots of white-bean soup bubbled in the kitchen. White-bean soup has been a tradition on the House menu since the day, years ago, when mighty Speaker Joe Cannon thunderously decreed: "By God, we are going to have bean soup in here every day." Uncle Joe's daily lunch was bean soup and cornbread. Daily lunch of thousands of good men & true ever since has been bean soup and cornbread, with maybe a dash of ketchup.

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