The food on the Senate side of the Capitol apparently leaves a lot to be desired; but the ironies in this story are utterly delicious.

Last week, in a late-night voice vote, the Senate agreed to privatize the operation of its food service, a decision that would, for the first time, put it under the control of a contractor and all but guarantee lower wages and benefits for the outfit’s new hires……..

But Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), speaking for the group of senators who opposed privatizing the restaurants, said that “you cannot stand on the Senate floor and condemn the privatization of workers, and then turn around and privatize the workers here in the Senate and leave them out on their own.”

Maybe now we know why Senator Dianne Feinstein only offered water to Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton when they met at her house last week.