At the risk of sounding like I am engaging in the politics of class envy, I have to admit that I found it puzzling that Senator John McCain would believe that a visit to the Toledo Club would be an ideal way to learn about the problems in the heartlands of America.
McCain will be addressing attendees shelling out $2,300 apiece for the event. I suspect that those who are in a position to cough up that kind of cash might provide the senator with a much different view of the region's economic woes than would, say, residents of the nearby Cherry Street Mission. Perhaps the senator might take a short walk down the street for some balance to his perspective.
Those of you who wish to communicate your views on the problems in the Rust Belt might want to join a March on McCain demonstration being organized by local Democrats and Progress Ohio. I doubt that you will get to sample some of the Toledo Club's fine cuisine, but the event promises to be worthy of participation if you question Senator McCain's economic policies.