Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Second Ass Clown of the Month Award for June, 2014

I should have known that I'd presented the Ass Clown of the Month award too early this month ...

As I feared, another deserving candidate has appeared, and I'm reluctant to wait a whole month before dishonoring him with his own award. Therefore, because it's my blog and I can do what I want, I hereby present the second Ass Clown of the Month award for June 2014 to

Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor*

As you have surely heard by now, Mr Cantor was beaten like a cheap gong in last week's Virginia Republican primary election, losing in a flood of biblical proportions to economics professor David Brat, who was able to convince the Tea Party that he was even more rabidly conservative and less interested in governing effectively than Mr Cantor. But the real reason I have singled out Mr Cantor for this award is the report - broken by NBC News - that Mr Cantor spent more on 17 campaign dinners at two high-end DC steak houses ($168,637, or $9,920 apiece) than his opponent spent on his entire campaign ($122,793). You can read the entire story here, and in case you're interested, here's the dinner menu from BLT Steak**, one of the two eateries generously patronized by Mr Cantor.

For his display of solidarity with the dining habits of average middle-class Americans and dedicated focus on personal advancement in Washington rather than service to his constituents in Virginia, Eric Cantor is presented our second Ass Clown of the Month award for June, 2014.

Congratulations, Eric - you can show it to your former campaign contributors at your next steak dinner. Assuming you can still afford steak dinners if your campaign isn't paying for them.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.


* This is Mr Cantor's second Ass Clown of the Month award ... you can read his earlier award, presented in June of 2011, here.

** $29 for Lemon-Rosemary Chicken? $11 for a bibb lettuce salad with mustard dressing? Don't go looking for Agnes and I there.


Big Sky Heidi said...

He does live high on the hog, doesn't he? Prices are high in VA, I guess.

I'll stick with Longhorn.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A smart campaigner would have held his dinners at the Waffle House.

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

at those rates for dinner what I made last night would be a hefty price tag! Should have charged Rick.

Mike said...

Over confidence will get you defeated quickly. Just like under confidence in the primaries will get the Democrats defeated in the general election. (Hope I'm wrong on that one.)

Banana Oil said...

Gee, Bilbo. We're only halfway through June and we already have two Ass Clowns. Will more crop up in the next two weeks?

Bilbo said...

Heidi - prices at upscale downtown DC eateries are out of sight. We usually go during the spring and fall Restaurant Weeks, when the prices at many restaurants come down as an advertising gimmick.

Angel - it would certainly have played better with the right wing of the right wing's right wing.

Peggy - Agnes and I often try to estimate what we'd pay for some of the dinners we make if we had ordered them in restaurants. It'd be brutal.

Mike - I hope you're wrong, too.

Kathy - I have at least two more strong candidates right now, but I need to pace myself. Don't be surprised if we have a third ...