Wednesday, October 28, 2015


A number of Republican presidential candidates who aren't in the first tier are upset:
DENVER, Colo. -- Just hours before GOP candidates take the stage here Wednesday night, tensions over the Republican National Committee’s handling of the debates are flaring anew.

At issue this time: greenrooms.

During a tense 30-minute meeting at the Coors Event Center, which was described by three sources present, several lower-polling campaigns lashed out at the RNC. They accused the committee of allotting them less-than-hospitable greenroom spaces while unfairly giving lavish ones to higher-polling candidates, such as Donald Trump and Ben Carson.
The drama began Tuesday afternoon as RNC officials led campaigns on a walk-through of the debate site. After touring the stage, candidates got a peek at what their greenrooms looked like.

Trump was granted a spacious room, complete with plush chairs and a flat-screen TV. Marco Rubio got a theater-type room, packed with leather seats for him and his team of aides. Carly Fiorina’s room had a Jacuzzi....

Then there was Chris Christie, whose small space was dominated by a toilet. So was Rand Paul’s....

As a longtime office worker, let me just say to the disappointed candidates: Welcome to my world.

Did any of you ever work at a real job? The first workspace I was assigned to in my current position was literally a repurposed closet; this was, I think, the second time I'd been asked to work in a former storage area. Actually, the previous one, I think, still was a closet when I worked there; fortunately, most of what was stored there wasn't in frequent demand, so interruptions weren't all that common.

Many an office worker is assigned a terrible space intended for other uses, while much more pleasant digs go to higher-ups -- some of whom may have cushy deals that allow them to show up at the office no more than a dozen days a year, leaving the nicest work areas empty much of the year. Oh, and I haven't even started to talk about the horror of "open plan" offices or cubicle farms, which are sold to corporations as a means of encouraging collaboration, but instead lead to staffs of workers using headphones as a way of obtaining a modicum of relief from ambient chatter and foot traffic.

Crappy work areas? Unequal distribution of those work areas? You think it's an outrage. Many of us think it's ordinary life.


Never Ben Better said...

Oh, those poor, poor, put-upon people, their suffering is so



soooooooooooooooooooooooo hilariously, deliciously wonderful to behold.


Jim Sweeney said...

Ha. In my first professional job, I had an entire 1,500 sq ft suite to myself, mostly full of tools and inventory. Just around the corner my dad had a similar but larger set-up, with a convertible sofa, a refrigerator, and a girlfriend. And an utterly ridiculous cat.