Dinners With Senators Could Change America
I don’t mean a dinner with you or me or a stranger off the street, although that wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.
There are 52 weeks in a year
True enough. And there are, give or take one or two, fifty Republican and fifty Democrat Senators. An idea forming somewhere in the back of your mind?
Yeah, why not?
This is not a new idea
This very thing was a habit for Senator and then President Lyndon Johnson. He made it his business to have dinner nearly very night with a politician who disagreed with him. It was extremely powerful and effective for him to meet with his adversaries over a meal and wine, maybe a highball or two (bourbon and branch-water). Not in some damned restaurant where each was recognized and had to play their part, but in a private dining room where all the masks came off and tone of voice was an easy test of sincerity.
Dining is an intimate occasion
That might sound somewhat surprising to say, but it’s true if that meal is taken with a single other person, friend …