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  1. I vote for silly. The “dining out” page says:

    And just in case he gets hungry while working, he can spend his campaign cash at the U.S. House Members’ Dining Room, where he spent $3,100 in 60 visits in 2005.

    I’m going to remain silent on whether the campaign cash was used properly, etc., but I hit my calculator: $3,100 divided by 60 visits yields $51.67 per meal. Now, I don’t know about prices in the House dining room, but I do know that $51.67 is not actually pretty standard for dinner for 2 (appetizer, main course, dessert, perhaps an alcoholic beverage) at a medium-upscale restaurant in DC.


    Comment by pennywit — Friday, March 10, 2006 @ 10:43 pm

  2. I ate in the Senate dining room once, and that figure doesn’t seem too out of line. Indeed, the group of students I was with opted for sandwiches because the regular meals were too high.

    And, as usual, Mary Jo Kopechne was unavailable for comment.

    Comment by bryan — Saturday, March 11, 2006 @ 10:59 am

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