That’s the question you need to ask yourself when it comes to the Mansfield/Metcalf Dinner that’s taking place in Helena on March 7. I’m tempted to go…except for the cost.
$60 is a lot of money.
Alright, I know it’s not a lot of money for any of the people sitting in the positions of honor, or giving speeches or holding office. But $60 is a lot of money for all those voters we wanted to reach last fall, you know…the ones we didn’t reach?
I figure when I go out to eat it’ll be $20, if I’m lucky. Some of you older folks might remember when a $10 spot got you by, but I’m afraid those days are gone, much like our manufacturing jobs, free TV and respect for government.
But what am I blathering about? The $60 tickets are the cheapest, and probably the ones they want to sell the least of. After all, if they can get rid of the $5,000 tickets they can have more money for…what?
What is the Mansfield/Metcalf money used for? What is any of the Montana Democrats’ money used for?
I probably shouldn’t ask these questions, after all, I’m expected to pay for this dinner. I guess it’s only the dozen or so people that aren’t paying that are allowed to ask those questions.
Perhaps what I’m getting at is the level of privilege that events like the Mansfield/Metcalf Dinner engender. Most people in the state would never think of going, and I’m not even talking about Republicans. Most people in Montana just don’t identify with these dinners.
So what will it be like this year, and will I be there?
I don’t know. Maybe if I can kick up $60 I’ll head on over to Helena for the weekend and leave my son Paul with his grandma.
I wonder what table I’d be put at and how many people I’d offend. That’s one of the reasons I’m thinking of not going – I don’t really want to offend anyone.
But perhaps that’s the “rousing” part they’re talking about in the mailing. We’ll see – I’m still on the fence.