Monday, June 7, 2010

"Interesting times", indeed

It seems like incumbents aren't holding (as many) town halls during the current recess.  According to the New York Times:
With images of overheated, finger-waving crowds still seared into their minds from the discontent of last August, many Democrats heeded the advice of party leaders and tried to avoid unscripted question-and-answer sessions. The recommendations were clear: hold events in controlled settings — a bank or credit union, for example — or tour local businesses or participate in community service projects.
And what, pray tell, might they be doing at these invite-only, exclusive "meet and greet" sessions?
This time, a round of applause was followed by a glass of chilled wine, a plate of crackers and crudités as he mingled with an invitation-only audience at the Point Breeze Credit Union, a vastly different scene than last year’s wide-open televised free-for-alls.
With all the strife Obama has taken for his preference to arugula and other fare not considered "of the earth", I find it humorous that other incumbents would repeat that type of menu.  Of course, considering the donors they are courting, I guess a more plebeian menu would be out of the question.

Of course, I never did quite get the ridiculing of the menu.  First, I appreciate good food myself, and arugula is quite tasty.  Second, I understand that at some point, gestures and appearances are important, as much as us "common folk" might resent them.

As Borepatch is wont to say, "The Dinosaurs smell a change in the air, and roar their defiance."

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