[Ed. – Heh.]
As U.S. Senate Republicans are plotting their political survival at a Baltimore hotel, just a floor below is a convention of tombstone manufacturers and dealers.
The Mid-Atlantic Monument Builders Association is holding a trade show on the second floor, just an escalator ride down from the joint legislative retreat of House and Senate Republicans. The lawmakers are meeting to set the legislative and political agenda to keep Republican control of Congress in a tumultuous presidential election year.
Republican leaders faced reporters’ questions about whether the fiery campaign rhetoric of presidential candidates like Donald Trump could drag on their party’s effort to retain its Senate majority. …
One of the monument sellers invited lawmakers to take a break from their political strategizing and visit the exhibit hall to see their wares.