CONGRESS: Cramming for Capitol Hill

At the end of the movie The Candidate, after Robert Redford has scored an unexpected victory in his campaign for the U.S. Senate, he breaks away from his cheering supporters to ask his Svengali-like manager plaintively: "What do we do now?" Similar uncertainty will plague most of the 69 men and women elected for the first time on Nov. 7 to the U.S. House of Representatives. To judge by past experience, their initial months in Washington will be taken up by the minute, time-consuming details of opening an office, learning the complex rules...