A big bottle of whine

Stalker cam

Toilet Paper Media:

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), a leading advocate of shrinking entitlement spending and the architect of the plan to privatize Medicare, spent Wednesday evening sipping $350 wine with two like-minded conservative economists at the swanky Capitol Hill eatery Bistro Bis.

It was the same night reports started trickling out about President Obama pressing Congressional leaders to consider changes to Social Security and Medicare in exchange for GOP support for targeted tax increases.

The pomp and circumstance surrounding the waiter’s presentation, uncorking and decanting of the pricey Pinot Noir caught the attention of another diner who had already recognized Ryan sitting with two other men nearby.

Susan Feinberg, an associate business professor at Rutgers, was at Bistro Bis celebrating her birthday with her husband that night. When she saw the label on the bottle of Jayer-Gilles 2004 Echezeaux Grand Cru Ryan’s table had ordered, she quickly looked it up on the wine list and saw that it sold for an eye-popping $350, the most expensive wine in the house along with one other with the same pricetag.

Feinberg, an economist by training, was even more appalled when the table ordered a second bottle. She quickly did the math and figured out that the $700 in wine the trio consumed over the course of 90 minutes amounted to more than the entire weekly income of a couple making minimum wage.

“We were just stunned,” said Feinberg, who e-mailed TPM about her encounter later the same evening. “I was an economist so I started doing the envelope calculations and quickly figured out that those two bottles of wine was more than two-income working family making minimum wage earned in a week.”

She was outraged that Ryan was consuming hundreds of dollars in wine while Congress was in the midst of intense debates over whether to cut seniors’ safety net, and she didn’t know whether Ryan or his companions was going to pay for the wine and whether the two men were lobbyists. She snapped a few shots with her cell phone to record the wine purchase.

Wow. This lady has some serious issues.

She sees a congressman having dinner with two other men and she looks up the price of their wine? She even took pictures!

If you follow the link you can read about the drunken confrontation when Feinberg decided to “give Ryan a piece of her mind.” From the sound of it she doesn’t have many pieces to spare.

Not only did she behave like an asshole, but TPM actually followed up on the story. It turns out Ryan paid for his own meal and one of the bottles of wine (with his own money.)

Expect more stalking incidents as nutjobs on both sides play monkey-see, monkey-do.

BTW – I’m guessing Ryan didn’t have Waygu beef for dinner because the White House bought it all for Bo the First Dog.

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42 Responses to A big bottle of whine

  1. ralphb says:

    Worst attempted scandal evah!

  2. ralphb says:

    Heh. Even this is a better scandal attempt. This one should be looked into.

    Former federal employees still receiving taxpayer credit cards

    In what appears to be a gross Obama administration oversight, former Bush administration political officials are still receiving taxpayer-funded credit cards in the mail.

    At this point, as far as The Daily Caller has been able to confirm, it’s only happening with former Department of Labor (DOL) employees.

    Former DOL official Don Todd, who used to oversee the Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) told TheDC that on Thursday, the government sent him a ready-to-activate taxpayer-funded credit card.

    Todd, who now works in the private sector at nonprofit Americans for Limited Government (ALG), destroyed the card, but he’s shocked at how he still got one in the mail, years after he left his politically appointed government post. Todd’s last day at the DOL was Jan. 20, 2009. He turned in all government credit cards and other official items at that time, but the DOL is still sending him credit cards.

    Jokingly, Todd told TheDC that this oversight reminds him of former President Ronald Reagan’s comments about how a government bureau is the “nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”

    “A government job is a gift that keeps on giving,” Todd joked.

  3. Jadzia says:

    Also — come on, lady, YOU were eating at that restaurant too! I guess IOKIYAD.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      Notice how the article notes she drank wine, but not what kind and how much it was.

      I dunno. I like Erik Erikson’s take on it.http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/07/08/possibly-drunk-rutgers-economist-susan-feinberg-whines-to-susan-crabtree-who-is-hard-up-for-a-story/

      Both these women look bad. One looks like a drunk, snooping old biddy. The other looks like a gossiping one.

      • angienc says:

        Also — come on, lady, YOU were eating at that restaurant too

        One looks like a drunk, snooping old biddy

        Thank you both for saying this. I was thinking the exact same things.

        A restaurant that offers a $350 bottle of wine is not exactly TGIFridays or Applebbees. She’s got a lot of nerve complaining about the price a fellow diner is paying for anything.

        And really, how rude to look at what other people are eating/drinking? I was taught that when you go out to a restaurant you pay attention to the party at your table; you don’t look around investigating what other people in the restaurant are eating and drinking. Has that bit of etiquette gone by the wayside?

        Also, unless Ryan paid for the dinner from the US Treasury, I really, really don’t understand what business it was of hers.

        • Jadzia says:

          This is going to make me sound like the kind of old lady who screams at the kids to get the hell off of her lawn, but IMHO *all* etiquette has pretty much gone by the wayside.

        • angienc says:

          Jadzia — sad, but true.

        • Jadzia says:

          What’s REALLY sad is that I was not making a “Kids today!” comment. The standards of behavior(*) of my grandparents were way above what we see from folks of ALL generations today.

          (*)And I acknowledge that at least some of those grandparents were various forms of -ists that are not acceptable today. I’m not endorsing all of their values, merely their comportment.

      • JeanLouise says:

        It wasn’t polite and I didn’t need to read the article to understand that she probably made a fool of herself.

        Otoh, Paul Ryan is scum and anybody that makes his life the least little bit uncomfortable is A-okay in my book.

        Additionally, it was her birthday. I go to expensive restaurants on my birthday, too. And, she’s not in the business of trying to make paupers of old people. Ryan is.

        I say, go for it, lady, and good on ya!

        • Sandress says:

          I’m with you, JL.

        • angienc says:

          Two wrongs don’t make a right. If you want to protest Ryan’s policies, there is a time & place for that and that time & place is not at dinner at a public restaurant full of other diners. I’m sure her behavior “giving Ryan a piece of her mind” disturbed OTHER diners there. She was rude & classless & has NO excuse for it.

        • JeanLouise says:

          We’ll have to agree to disagree, angie. I once approached a man in a restaurant who had unfairly fired my mother and caused her a great deal of difficulty, imo, contributing to her early death. I gave him at least two pieces of my mind. He deserved every bit of it and I never regretted what I said or the circumstance in which I said it.

          It may have be considered rude by some but it was justified and in no way do I consider myself or my behavior to have been classless. When the powerful step on the powerless, they have to expect the powerless to take back their power at times that may be inconvenient for the powerful.

        • angienc says:

          JL — your situation — involving your own mother & the a–hole who drove her to an early grave, I do think we can agree is a vastly different situation. Sometimes personal emotion (especially connected to departed loved ones) override everything else. This lady doesn’t have that excuse.

  4. 1539days says:

    We may complain about the six figure salaries of Congress, but it’s their income. But the president, virtually all of his exploits are paid for under the White House budget. When he has a big party or flies to France, WE pay for it.

    Those restaurants survive on overcharging for $300 wine and not the couon special the witness in question seemed to be enjoying. Haven’t enough freakin small businesses been closed already? Ryan saved more jobs with that expensive meal than Obama has in 2 years,

  5. foxyladi14 says:

    go Paul..bring a bigger bunch next time save more jobs 😆

  6. DeniseVB says:

    I have no problems with any politician using their own money for personal expenses.

    I do have a problem with the First Family using AF1 as their personal Winnebago to fly all over the country to give a 10 minute speech so the taxpayers can pay their expenses to the fundraisers.

  7. angienc says:

    BTW — if you click on the picture, it looks like the bottle of wine ON HER table is Meursault. I can’t tell the year from the picture, but that brand starts at about $70 (go up to $300 depending on year, etc) in stores — restaurants will obviously mark up. I doubt you could find the “cheapest” bottle for under $100. So she really has some nerve.

  8. Rocky Hussein Squirrel says:

    When Dick goes out to dinner he leaves his autographed picture as a tip

    • angienc says:

      Some friends of my mom’s where in a restaurant a long time ago & Pablo Picasso was at another table. My mom’s friends were young at the time & where laughing & having a good time. Pablo Picasso told the waiter that there table made him so “happy” to hear them enjoying themselves that he wanted to pay for their dinner, which he did, by scribbling a picture on a napkin. That napkin is probably worth big $$ now.

      • angienc says:

        d’oh. “their table” not “there table.”

      • myiq2xu says:

        Some guy on vacation from NJ walked into a SF art gallery last week and walked out with a $200K Picasso sketch under his arm.

        No guards, cameras or alarms in the gallery. Luckily a nearby restaurant recorded the guy on their security camera as he walked past. He was caught and the sketch recovered.

  9. Dario says:

    Same-sex marriage backers seek Obama endorsement

    Gay rights supporters can’t figure out President Obama.
    He’s done more for them than any president, his Justice Department wants to shred a federal ban on spousal benefits for same-sex couples, and last month he said, “Gay couples deserve the same rights as every couple in this country.”
    But Obama hasn’t endorsed same-sex marriage himself, saying his views on marriage are “evolving.” Last week at a White House reception for gay grassroots organizers, one activist wore a button that said, “Evolve already.”
    Obama’s reticence, political experts say, is rooted in the political calculus of his re-election campaign.

    They just don’t get him.

    • 1539days says:

      I love how thoughts become action when they’re actually nothing in Obotland. “the Justice Department WANTS to shred a federal ban on spousal benefits,” he SAID, “Gay couples deserve the same rights as every couple in this country.” Yet, somehoe he’s “He’s DONE more for them than any president.” Huh?

      What has he done for them lately? Or ever?

  10. myiq2xu says:


    Today In Trivia

    Joshua Green is, in a way, right — Paul Ryan’s expensive bottle of wine is like John Edward’s expensive haircut. It’s a farcical non-story, in other words. It’s bad that Ryan is leading a charge to destroy the safety net because…it’s bad to destroy the safety net, and it would be equally bad if he stuck to the fruits of Ernest and Julio Gallo. We already knew that Ryan was much wealthier than the average American; whether he buys fancy wine, a bigger house, or buries his money in the backyard doesn’t make any difference. We already knew that the idea that the upper class can’t sustain a dime more in taxes was ridiculous. And unlike Edwards, there isn’t even a hypocrisy angle; Randian crackpots are being perfectly consistent when they buy expensive stuff for themselves.

    I guess anything that works to hurt Ryan, except that 1)I don’t think it will, and 2)I think reducing political discourse to Dowdian trivia strongly favors reactionary interests in the long run.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Which reminds me:

    • JeanLouise says:

      I disagree that it’s trivial. This is exactly the kind of story that sticks with the public. The comparison to John Edwards hair is the perfect example. May Paul Ryan enter the public lexicon as the bastard who drinks expensive wine while screwing over the working and middle class.

      • 1539days says:

        And it becomes class warfare. Edwards’ haircut wasn’t about the money, it was part of the narrative aout his incredible Narcissism. Frankly, it was justified. It was what eventually brought him down.

        I think rich people should fight back. Make Democrats sign a pledge that the wealthy will voluntarily pay Clinton-era taxes again until the day a member of the Democratic leadership makes some blanket insult about “the wealthy” “the rich” or “upper income.” That tax increase would last a week at best.

        • JeanLouise says:

          Actually, it was the price of Bill Clinnton’s haircut that became an issue. It was John Edward’ looking in a mirror and tossing his hair back like a Breck girl that haunted him.

          Imo, it is class warfare an I’m tired of supporting the rich who use loopholes and high-priced accountants and lawyers, not to mention lobbyists to take my money.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Ryan is a millionaire and a Republican. He doesn’t pretend to be an advocate of the little guy while living high on the hog.

        Nor is he a socialist staying in a $3000 per night hotel.

        • 1539days says:

          I know what you’re saying but I don’t know who the advocates for the little guy are. Most of the true progressives in Congress are an AF1 ride away from becoming just part of the Obama caucus. If you take Ryan at his word, he’s trying to make sure there’s something left for the little guy in 30 years, even if it’s less.

      • JeanLouise says:

        Why on earth would you take Paul Ryan’s word for anything? How about examining the proposal, itself? It limits what the government will pay to assist seniors in purchasing medical insurance without limiting, in any way, the increase in medical expenses. It’s three card monte and anyone who’s not rich who falls for it is a sucker.

        • 1539days says:

          And the Democrats’ plan is?

          That’s right. The White House and Congress are going to wait until Paul Ryan gets savaged in the press, Obama gets reelected and then pass the Ryan plan anyway, only with more special interest pork.

  11. WMCB says:

    It’s shit like this that reinforces the whole “Democrats are really communists at heart” meme.

    Because what she is implying is that ALL money (not just govt money) is owned collectively. And for one person to have money (and spend it) while another doesn’t is a fundamental wrong that needs to be corrected. Ryan has no right to have his own money and do what he pleases with it. That’s what she is saying.

    The only thing articles like this do is whip up the rabidly partisan crazy progressivoids, while leaving the vast majority of the country very suspicious of the end goals of the left.

    Stupid Moron.

    • myiq2xu says:

      Progressives are tone deaf – they have no idea what resonates and what doesn’t.

      • WMCB says:

        Yeah, it’s amazing how mindblowingly ignorant they are of the psyche of the American public.

        • JeanLouise says:

          I’m a middle income member of the American public and it sure resonated with me. According to the article in HuffPo, even Ryan agreed that it was stupid and claimed that he didn’t know how much the wine cost when it was ordered.

  12. JeanLouise says:

    The accused rapist staying in the wildly expensive hotel room looked really bad for socialists, imo, but since I not a socialist, I don’t care.

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