Tomorrow morning, Senator Mitch McConnell will be attending a Bluegrass Committee Breakfast. It sounds lovely, doesn’t it? If you could attend, maybe you’d have farm fresh eggs with pancakes topped with sorghum and butter churned right in the kitchen, out under the shade of an old oak tree, with the morning sun just peeking through the cracks in the big red barn in the background, chickens scratching for their meal at your feet.
That’s not what this Bluegrass Breakfast will look like, though. Instead, the breakfast will be held behind the closed door of a million dollar townhouse in downtown Washington, D.C. There won’t be a blade of bluegrass in sight.
The townhouse is the office of lobbyist Rick Murphy of RB Murphy and Associates, a firm that represents the legislative interests corporate clients like Google, DIRECTV and Dialectic Capital Management. At this breakfast, McConnell will be taking money from other lobbyists and PAC representatives, in exchange for giving them the time to talk to him about what kinds of bills the companies they represent want to see passed in Congress.
Isn’t that what the idea of bluegrass is all about, after all?
Well, no. I can’t imagine that there will be a single banjo heard all morning.