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September 1, 2014

Decorum Police Have No Beef With Rude Snacks

In a place where every single syllable uttered or character woven into a release is religiously parsed for ulterior meaning, hunger apparently trumps civility.

How else to explain the wealth of preservative-laden “Big Az” products that stare back at famished House staffers circling the Longworth vending machines in search of microwaveable sustenance.

Decorum Police Have No Beef With Rude Snacks

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

There’s the standard cheeseburger, a staple of truck stop deli cases and convenience store carousels.

Decorum Police Have No Beef With Rude Snacks

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The cheese-topped fried chicken sandwich.

Decorum Police Have No Beef With Rude Snacks

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

The terrifyingly shelf-stable chili cheese dogs (Not. At. Gunpoint.).

Decorum Police Have No Beef With Rude Snacks

(Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

And, of course, the suspiciously boneless barbecue pork “rib” sandwich.

Now, we’re no prudes.

But there was a time when House Republicans went to war (and won) against the nomenclature for fried potato products — an all-out effort that essentially made the culinary prefix “French” verboten — just to punish the international community.

To wit, the Longworth Lunch Grill still refers to its oil-cooked spuds as “fries” on the specials menu. You have to walk all the way down the line to the actual side-item warming pen to find a tag that dares identify them as “French fries.”

But these days, no one has a problem with shoving a Big Az something or other into their pie holes if their tummies get all rumbly.

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  • monacall

    so what it sells that’s the American way

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