Magazine August 1, 2011, Issue

Wine in the Red

Sen. Kent Conrad (D., N.D.) in Washington, D.C., September 14, 2009 (Jim Young/Reuters)

Paul Ryan’s in a restaurant, enjoying a meal with some economists. Perhaps they had some of that delicious Road-to-Surf-and-Turfdom. The meal’s gotten to the stage of satiation where you’re dawdling over dessert, enjoying some conversation about the money supply and core inflation, when a woman shows up at the table and upbraids him for drinking $350 wine. She was ANGRY, of course; as the bumper sticker says, if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention to what other people ordered and looking it up on the wine list, and e-mailing the findings to liberal blogs.

Since Ryan belongs to the GOP,

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