Conservatives Take a Break From Chick-fil-A

Some things belong to each other. Chocolate and peanut butter, as the good people at Reese's point out. A sad guitar and a hardshell case, as Bright Eyes notes. And, as HOH asserts, a monthly discussion with House conservatives and Chick-fil-A. But all good panel discussion food pairings must come to an end — or something like that. Despite a tradition going back years of coupling the Heritage Foundation's monthly "Conversations with Conservatives" event with sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, organizers freed themselves from the shackles of fried chicken Wednesday, instead going with pies from We, the Pizza. In a further abandonment of their conservative values, event organizers didn't just go with cheese and pepperoni. No, they went willy-nilly with pizzas like sausage and peppers — even a, gasp, white pizza. "I was kind of tired of having the same menu every single week," Rep. Raúl R. Labrador, R-Idaho, said after finishing a rant on the Export-Import Bank and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. Labrador said Conversations with Conservatives is now going to offer different foods. "So you can all feel welcome to come as often as you want," Labrador said. An HOH tipster suggested we be on the lookout for sandwiches from Taylor Gourmet next month. Chipotle could even be on the docket some time. For the record, just before HOH arrived to conversate with conservatives Wednesday, we had the strange thought that, "Maybe they'll have pizza for lunch today." It was a bit of cosmic luck when, against all odds, that turned out to be the case. Of course, maybe it was the sweet aroma of pizza that triggered this sudden, almost unthinkable thought. But, as a regular attendee of the monthly event, Labrador's promise of different foods, even if it means resisting our knee-jerk aversion to change, even if it means abandoning the pleasant predictability of the Conversations with Conservatives Chick-fil-A menu, could be a good thing. Variety is the spice of life, Michelle Obama's trainer says. Although, HOH will note, Chick-fil-A does offer a spicy chicken sandwich. The 114th: CQ Roll Call's Guide to the New Congress Get breaking news alerts and more from Roll Call in your inbox or on your iPhone.
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