Comments: Culinary Politics


Certainly gourmet food is more prevelant in the minds of Americans these days, but don't forget Nixon's appeals to "Joe Six-Pack" (and he wasn't talking abdominals).

I also think I remember Popeye cartoons from the 30's or 40's that portrayed champagne drinkers as being the upper classes while the poor good guys drank beer.

Barrett, it sounds like this article is more about the food one eats showing one's political tendencies, rather than one's social status and I think that's pretty valid. Your Popeye example sounds more like a class issue.

I'm not sure that deducting political stance from diet is all that reliable, though. I work in a law office and the lawyers all have similar diet habits and they are divided sharply into two camps as regards politics. They all love sushi and Starbucks, but on one side you have people who are EXTREMELY right wing, anti-gay marriage, pro-war-in-Iraq and on the other you have...well, I won't say normal people, but certainly more left-wing.

Now, do people who like cheap beer and hamburgers always vote Republican? I don't know. Certainly it fits a stereotype, and stereotypes don't come into being unless there is a grain of truth...

I agree that diet is a pretty weak indicator of political leanings. The article from the Post settles for easy cliches and fails to explore any complexities.

At the same time, there seems to be something significant about the fact that at least one major daily thought that reading right wing blogs and eating American cheese were somehow equivalent.

If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would say that Bush and Co. are putting something funny in the cheese...! (Which of course, they are - only mabye not a mind-altering drug!)

; )

Personally, I believe that the whole "red-state/blue-state" thing is just a cultural class issue in disguise--Stein's love of red meat doesn't show that he disagrees with gay marriage, it shows that he's vulgar--at least, in the eyes of the cultural elite. I'm actually doing a line-by-line fisking of the article, one paragraph at a time.

By the way, doesn't everyone love hamburgers, their family, and their dog?

Oh dear. I'm a non-meat eater, and I'm allergic to dogs (though I do like them, until my eyes start itching).

I do love my family, though. Most of the time, at least.

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