A Tale of Two Retreats

By Matt Jaffe

Feb 8, 2011 6:25pm

ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe reports:

Anyone expecting the Senate to get any work done over the next few days is going to be disappointed – Democrats have skipped town for a three-day retreat.

But what’s causing a stir isn’t the fact that Democrats are leaving – it’s where they’re going: a swanky 573-acre resort outside of Charlottesville called the Boar’s Head Inn.

“The Boar’s Head provides a world-class retreat in an exceptional destination, setting standards high for Virginia resorts,” boasts the inn’s website. “Offering meeting and event facilities to suit groups of any size, our Virginia conference center provides function space for corporate retreats, conferences, and seminars.”

Apparently it suits the Democrats just fine.

It’s quite a departure from the Republicans’ retreat last month. The GOP lawmakers traveled all of a block from the US Capitol, heading to the nearby Library of Congress.

Asked about the Democrats’ getaway plans, the Senate’s top Republican Mitch McConnell today took the diplomatic high road.  

“I think where they choose to hold their retreat is up to them,” he said.

But others didn’t hold back in their criticisms, blasting the retreat destination as “out of touch” in the middle of a recession.

“Just because they’re super-wealthy and don’t have a problem taking off to a four-diamond resort during the middle of the work-week doesn’t make them out of touch. What makes them out of touch is that they think it’s a good idea to raise taxes on jobs and energy during the middle of a recession,” sniped a senior GOP aide.



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