Some Of America’s Most Powerful Politicians Live In A Rat-Infested Frat House For Old Men In D.C.

In case you haven’t heard, Amazon has a new series starring John Goodman and written by Garry Trudeau of Doonesbury fame called Alpha House that’s about four U.S. senators who live together in a house in D.C. (Ed. note: I’ve seen the pilot and it’s quite good. Also, Bill Murray plays a senator on the show.) It was apparently inspired by a real-life filthy frat house-like living situation that Sen. Dick Durbin, Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. George Miller all share. The three gave CNN’s Dana Bash a tour of their rat-infested living space. It’s disgusting.

Paint peeling off the walls. Sheets for curtains. Broken blinds. A mangled wicker chair made settable with a board. An ancient stove with a giant hole. And there’s also the pile of underwear in the living room.

What looks and feels like the most rundown frat house on campus is actually the Capitol Hill home of some of the most powerful men in Washington.

“Welcome to the Omega House,” joked Dick Durbin, who is the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate.

“This is where I’ve lived for 31 years,” boasted Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s third-ranking Democrat.

Not sure if I’m more comforted or appalled by all of this. Judge for yourself…

Thanks for the tip, Mere!