Just A Quick Question

Patrick Healy has up a, well, not exactly the best wrap up of the entire racially charged exchange of the past week between Hillary and Obama.  It glances over an awful lot, and at a time when context is very much needed in order to keep things in check, that context is largely lacking in Healy’s piece.  Given the fact that this kind of reporting most likely contributed to how out of control the entire exchange got in the first place, I find the article largely unremarkable, except the last couple of paragraphs.

The good-government groups that criticized Mrs. Clinton took issue with her comments about the ethics reform bill. While she voted for it, she has suggested that the legislation was not a landmark change and that Mr. Obama was hardly alone in championing it.

Fred Wertheimer, president and chief executive of Democracy 21, which promotes campaign finance reform, said the bill contained some of “the most important and comprehensive ethics and lobbying reforms since the Watergate era.”

Meredith McGehee, policy director of the Campaign Legal Center, said: “I think it should be seen as the decent, credible and substantial legislation that it was. It shouldn’t be belittled.”

A Clinton campaign spokesman noted that the bill had been introduced by Senate leaders and that Mrs. Clinton was chiefly questioning the practical effect of a provision limiting meals paid for by lobbyists.

This is kind of odd.

The legislation being spoken of is in fact an ethics reform bill that has been one of the few major things that Senator Obama has been able to accomplish during his short time in the Senate, and he actually made mention of it in one of the earlier Democratic debates (back when they were still letting Mike Gravel in the building).

The thing I find so curious about all of this is what seemed to be Hillary’s complaint about the legislation.  In general there’s the talk about maybe it didn’t go far enough, but that last specific sticks pretty solidly in my head.  What’s the “practical effect of a provision limiting meals paid for by lobbyists”?

Is that really the question you want on the books, Mrs. Clinton?  Because really, the next question I would have to ask would be, how many meals have you taken from lobbyists?  And then, how fancy were they?  Keep in mind that my family gets to spend about fifty bucks on a meal every great once in a while, if you’re picking up hundred dollar plus meals by a lobbyist, I don’t think I’m going to be all that thrilled about it.

So that’s it.  Just a little something that struck me the wrong way, and I wouldn’t mind a little clarification if anyone pleases.

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