Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Starbucks or Dunkin?

There's a new category of voter today, thanks to the Boston Globe. Back in the day, we had peace voters, hard-hat voters and the silent majority. More recently, we've seen Reagan Democrats, soccer moms and security moms, limousine liberals, evangelicals and the wineandcheese crowd. In today's Globe, a Democratic strategist speculated that the Kennedy endorsement of Barack Obama will broaden his appeal nationwide. Obama, this guy says, already had the STARBUCKS vote sewn up. Kennedy will help Obama win over the DUNKIN DONUTS crowd, the people who can't afford or won't shell out $$$ for the $4 latte and so opt for coffee-of-the day at the DONUT shop. I thought that was a pretty clever way to put it.

On the Republican side, does this mean that Romney has the Starbucks vote, even though caffeine is verboten for him? I think the flinty-eyed, austere McCain would opt for Dunkin, and most likely Huckabee, too, since he shuns high-calorie coffee drinks.


Blogger LaPopessa said...

As a life-long non-coffee drinker, I fear that nobody appears to want MY vote!

Who is the tea candidate?

1:21 PM  
Blogger buckarooskidoo said...

Now THAT is a point to ponder! I think you've got a serious case to make that these candidates have to earn YOUR vote, that ALL of you TEA drinkers COUNT, and you VOTE!

Maybe we will have to classify you as Lipton drinkers vs. Darjeeling imported from India? Or is it a matter of inexpensive vs. expensive? green vs. black? sugar vs. straight? Help me with this one...the TEA vote just never occurred to me.

10:48 PM  
Blogger LaPopessa said...

That is the ego of the coffee drinker, isn't it. With a Starbucks on every corner, the tea vote is just overlooked.

But we will rise up. We will carry our sodden tea bags aloft, chanting the benefits of all teas, white to black, red and green. We will clutch our chai drinks and dream of a day when we, too, shall overcome!

12:25 PM  
Blogger moville said...

That rhetoric of struggle and victory has caused me to toss my coffee cup out the window and embrace...TEAISM! I too may overcome!

I would suggest "chainiks for obama" as a suitable slogan, but that has an unfortunate meaning in russian...in the series of books _________(fill in the blank, e.g. computers)for "idiots," Russians use "chainik." we don't want to be "idiots for obama:--another ethnic constituency outraged!

4:32 PM  

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