I'm sorry, but the day someone offers to buy my support with a steak is the day I know I'm a Republican. What happened to grassroots? What happened to change? You want access to a candidate - I get it. Don't you think you deserve the kind of access that doesn't involve some medium-rare bribe?
How can we truly be progressives if we fall for the same tricks as our Republican counterparts, whose gluttony has led to eight years of no bid contracts and deregulation; Speaker policy biases and massive amounts of pork.
We have spent the last few years raging against this kind of biased favoritism. Suddenly, now that we're nosing forward, it's acceptable to attend a fancy dinner to "learn more about" this candidate? That is equivalent to unravelling the sweater we've been knitting by hand, just because we need the yarn for something else. You cannot, as true progressives, have your steak and eat it too.
Shame on you. And to John Sharp I say this: when you're ready to have a discussion with real bloggers, cut the fat and send an email.