Archive for February, 2007

New Ethical Congress Takes Up Foodspin

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Voters should be happy to know that one of the first things that the new Democratic-controlled Congress has accomplished is to prevent wicked lobbyists from seducing innocent (but often hungry) congressmen with fancy dinners.

The new Beltway ethics legislation introduced by Majority Leader and Chief Ethicist Harry Reid (D-NV), master of pally real estate deals, forbids congressmen from accepting gourmet lures

But, according to the latest congressional foodspin, the bill does not ban accepting “toothpick fare.”

As long as you’re standing up (admittedly a challenge for some of the thirstier lawmakers), it’s OK to fill up on hors d’oeuvres no matter how pricey.

According to the foodspin philosophy in the bill, maybe you can buy votes from a “sitting” congressman with Dover sole in a dark candlelit restaurant, but a “standing” congressmen can not be had even with smoked salmon or Beluga caviar wrapped in pastry.

The foodspin in the bill does not make clear how many hors d’oeuvres you can have wrapped to go.