Luckily, the Republican National Committee was kind enough to lay out an impressive spread for the assembled media, but there’s a catch: You’ve gotta pay $685.
Actually, the money gets you a spot in the press filing center, which later will be humming with reporters on deadline, but at the moment it’s playing host to a rather extravagant buffet.
(The fee was even higher for Obama’s Illinois HQ — no word yet on the menu.)
In addition to the usual crudite (carrots, celery, etc.) there’s a wonderland of decidedly Southern fare, including crispy fried chicken, cornbread and chili. There are Angus beef burgers and Nathan’s hot dogs — and for the vegetarians, some floppy-looking seitan patties.
Oh, and I would be remiss if I failed to mention the condiments. In this, the RNC truly excelled: not just saukeraut and diced onions, but three different types of mustard (spicy, “French style” and Dijon, which is technically also French), and — in a decidedly Obama-ian twist — sport peppers, which any good Chicagoan will tell you are mandatory for a proper Windy City dog.
Truly, McCain is the condiment candidate. And as I hoisted my third Nathan’s to my lips — slathered in mustard, overflowing with ’kraut and chili — I couldn’t help but think that this is a great way to spend $685.