Tuesday, April 15, 2008

elitist



If you're voting for Hillary Clinton because you want a president who's an average Joe you can have a beer with, you need to have your head examined.

That being said, I do think audience reaction to the phenomenon of national politicians coming to a certain region and hanging out in the local diner or partaking of regional fare needs to be reexamined. When people from Brooklyn see John McCain try to fold a slice of New York style pizza, or Pennsylvanians see Hillary Clinton take a shot of Crown Royal, or Benders see Barack Obama order food at the Sunrise Cafe, are they really thinking "wow, he/she really is one of us!"?

I think not.

4 comments:

The Daily Exorcist said...

If Barack Obama went to Fat Shirley's completely hammered, ordered the second greasiest cheeseburger in the history of cheese or burgers, and then proceeded to do the Technicolor Yawn into Shirley's bathroom sink, I'd say to myself: "He's just like me."

Is Fat Shirley's still around? I know Boracho is gone...

el ranchero said...

Heh. The technicolor yawn.

Fat Shirley's isn't going anywhere. Ya know that was the first place Sap and I ate at when we moved to SB? Haven't been since (no reason, really, the food was fine), but we should go back sometime. But yeah, Borracho went tits up about a year ago, along with about a dozen other restaurants.

Zee said...

SO'B mentioned the other day that the fact the Hillary drank a Boilermaker made him "like her more." I disagreed, and I still disagree. Here's what happened: one of her dumb-ass advisors said, "hey, Hill, Purdue's mascot is the Boilermakers, and it turns out that it is a drink as well. If you drink one, Purdue fans will vote for you." So she drank one. Does that really make her one of "the people?"

el ranchero said...

I think I'm with you on this one, Zee. Perhaps I might like Hillary more if I saw her drink a Shiner Bock or wear a Texas Tech sweatshirt, but there would be a voice in the back of my head reminding me that this is all for show. Yes, it's neat seeing celebrities step down from on high and let us regale them in our local curiosities, and maybe that experience does make us like them more, but the sentiment would, I think, prove very transient the more I would have to think about, analyze, and contextualize that experience. Is there a part of me that honestly believes that Hillary likes Boilermakers or has a warm place in her heart for shooting rifles or considers Pennsylvania her "home?" Of course not.