Friday, January 05, 2007

The party of regular Joes and Janes, huh?

From the Washington comPost:
Despite the promised "new direction for America," getting the money out of politics and all of that, some facts of Washington life appear immutable and eternal.

"One hundred hours to make this the most honest and open Congress in history," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared at the beginning of a history-making day -- which ended last night with the Democrat from California presiding over a glitzy fundraiser open to anyone with $1,000 for a ticket.

A few folks in the block-long line of partygoers waiting to get into the National Building Museum -- social activists, feminists, union organizers, fat-cat liberals, Hollywood allies and not a few serious Deadheads -- did sense the cognitive dissonance. They promptly dismissed it in a tidal wave of idealism about the future under the nation's first female speaker of the House.
This next paragraph shows just how in tune to normal America the Dems are:
They had waited a long time for this night to party, nibble on goat cheese ravioli with pumpkin and truffle, wipe their lips with paper napkins embossed in gold with "Speaker Pelosi January 4, 2007," listen to former members of the Grateful Dead sing "Truckin' " and Tony Bennett sing "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."
And you thought the GOP was the only party catering to the rich and extravagant?