Advice for Incoming Class Members

There is no native criminal class except Congress. – Mark Twain   The calls have been incessant again, just as they are after every election.  There’s no way that the legendary Tom Collins can escape a torrent of fumbling attempts at inquiries from obviously green staffers whose last position consisted of posting more yard signs than the… Continue reading Advice for Incoming Class Members

Lightning Reflexes

That sure didn’t take very long.  Less than two hours after I posted my very first blog entry, the trusty POTS land line rang the unlisted number at my modest thirty-room home in Great Falls, Virginia.  It was Morton, a fellow who, when I first met him some years ago, earned an honest living as… Continue reading Lightning Reflexes

At Last, by Popular Demand

Well, here it is – Tom Collins’ blog. I now officially owe my old business partner from San Francisco dinner at a five-star restaurant in Tuscany, my cousin in Manhattan a case of Dom Perignon, and my private secretary a week off with pay in Martinique with seaside rooms for two.  Yes, because those are… Continue reading At Last, by Popular Demand

E-mail Tom

“The” Tom Collins, Washington Beltway legend and author of this blog, can be contacted by e-mail.  His address is Due to the large number of e-mails received, Tom rarely replies to them individually.  So if you send Tom an e-mail, be sure to read his special Quarterly Mailbag posts, made during the first weeks of January, April, July and October.


Tom Collins’ World Wide Web Log was prepared for him by his many admirers, who begged him for years to start a blog.  He finally relented, and you are the ultimate beneficiary. This blog is configured so that readers cannot post comments on Tom’s articles.  He’s way beyond that, and this Web site is not… Continue reading About