Your correspondent was awakened far too early this morning with the thought that he had made a grievous error in criticizing the leader of the Missouri Senate in yesterday’s entry for his effort to kick former colleagues in the press corps out of the historic press table on the Senate floor.
We regret that error.
In these pre-dawn hours, as we type this, we realize there are TEN chairs at the press table, not eight as we said. That lowers the cost of the move from the $16,000 per chair that we mentioned yesterday to only $12,700 per chair.
And it follows that we would commend the Senate leaders for delaying the move to avoid overtime costs that would have made the price for each chair $17,100 instead of the $20,000 that we mentioned.
And in all honesty, our mention of the Pentagon’s $700 toilet seat in the 1980s also was an unfair comparison. We checked with the Federal Reserve System and the Fed calculates $700 in 1980 is equivalent to $2010.44 today, so the toilet seat-to-press corps chair cost is not as excessive as we portrayed yesterday.
But our early-morning conscience, which forced the publication of this correction, wonders what kind of new chairs our former colleagues will get for $12,700. For that price, one might expect a leather upholstered recliner with cupholders, a warming system, and maybe a therapeutic massage feature.
We apologize to the Senate leadership for our miscalculation.