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I’d rather have a beer with Dennis Kucinich

Clinton vs. ObamaNot only do I not care if my beer is hip, but I also will not cast my vote for president (in the primary or general election) based upon which candidate I would rather have a beer with.

That’s just a dumb idea.

Obviously the National Beer Wholesalers Association leadership wasn’t thinking of me when they came up with an online poll that lets you vote on who you would most like to have a beer with.

Apparently George Bush was that guy in 2000. Don’t people know he doesn’t drink?

So today we’ve got this story in the San Francisco Chronicle about how Barack Obama needs a good turnout among wine drinkers to have a chance of winning the California Democratic primary.

The big showdown between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama could come down to California’s “beer-drinking Democrats” versus its “wine and cheese” liberals – with the Bay Area playing a pivotal role in the outcome.

Pollster Mark DiCamillo, who has been taking the state’s political pulse for 30 years, describes the beer vote as mostly blue-collar workers, the elderly and ethnic Democrats, especially Latinos, in the Los Angeles area and rural parts of the state.

The more liberal, more educated, wine-and-cheese crowd congregates here in the Bay Area, where more than a quarter of the ballots will be cast in the Democratic primary Feb. 5, he says.

And as DiCamillo sees it, the blue-collar group likes Clinton and the wine-and-cheesers go more for Obama.

“If Obama has any chance of winning California, we should see it here in the Bay Area,” DiCamillo said. “And he’ll have to be winning here by double digits” – no easy task, considering the Clintons’ long popularity in the area.

So who’s leading the beer NBWA’s poll?

Obama.

Isn’t he supposed to be the wine guy?

6 Responses to I’d rather have a beer with Dennis Kucinich

  1. Stephen Beaumont January 17, 2008 at 6:50 am #

    I have never understood this relatively recent “common man for president” trend, which arguably started with Bush senior, but exploded with Bill Clinton. Whomever wins is going to be one of the two or three most influential people in the entire world, not the head of the local darts league! I don’t want a common man, or woman, I want a frickin’ genius!

  2. SteveH January 17, 2008 at 7:09 am #

    Can’t I have a beer with FDR or Truman?

  3. Stonch January 17, 2008 at 7:47 am #

    Coverage of the American presidential primaries and election fill me with fear and dread…

    I reckon John McCain will end up as President.

  4. SteveH January 17, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    Stonch — I have to believe there’s too much backlash on Republicans these days, I’ll be surprised if another gets in the White House this time around. JMO based on years of election observation — and enuf politics from me.

  5. Eric Trimmer January 17, 2008 at 9:45 am #

    I don’t think most of the people who responded to that poll thought much about the question.

    They just picked the candidate they support the most.

    I answered the survey, but the person I picked is not the person I plan to vote for.

  6. nick January 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm #

    He doesn’t drink because hes a recovering alcoholic… Though a couple of years he was reported drinking again, and the wife was keeping an eye on it.

    I wish this had/was a better source: http://health.yahoo.com/experts/theprinciples/90/george-bush-alcoholicpart-1

    I think John Stewart said something like this:
    “They say george bush is a guy you would want to have a beer with. I’m not sure about that. Sorry, I don’t drink with recovering alcoholics. What I’m I going to do sit there and mock him while drinking. hmmm this is delicous”

    I butchered it…. you get the point.

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