The Washington Post’s Robert McCartney calls the Gridiron Club spring dinner “the most exclusive and silliest event in Washington journalism” and warns the people behind it that “all the archaic stuff on which you’ve prided yourselves for so many years — the white-tie dress code, the privacy — is just looking, well, archaic.”
What to fix? The first call is to drop the requirement that the men wear white tie and tails. That’s a stricter requirement than for White House state dinners. It used to be quaint. Now it’s just annoying and expensive.