Wednesday, June 04, 2008

How to know you suck as a columnist and have no good ideas

New York Times columnist David Brooks went on TV and criticized Obama for not being "regular" enough. As if having a president who was supposedly "regular" worked out great for the last ten years. Also, if you get rid of Bush's dumb, fake accent and the giant ranch, that apparently has such a horrible problem with brush that he has to "clear it" every time there 's a TV camera around, how "regular" is someone who goes to fancy prep schools, then Yale, and Harvard? Give me a break.

So, Brooks says, "Obama‘s problem is he doesn‘t seem like a guy who can go into an Applebee‘s salad bar and people think he fits in naturally there."
Huh? He doesn't fit in at the Applebee's salad bar? First, what about him doesn't make him fit in at Applebee's salad bar? Second, why would I give a shit if our president ever ate at an Applebee's salad bar? Third, since when does Applebee's even have a fucking salad bar?

As Eugene Robinson from the Washington Post said of the criticism, "He‘s not an Applebee‘s guy? Is he an Olive Garden guy? I tend to take it more seriously when it‘s delivered by people who actually eat at Applebee‘s more than once in a decade."

This is the part that really gets me. These columnists in DC and New York love to rip on these candidates for getting OJ instead of coffee or whatever but they're probably way more out of touch with the "average voter" than anyone. When do they actually interact with anyone from the midwest or not in their Beltway cocktail parties? They have this bizarre idea of what these voters supposedly want that I really don't think is grounded in reality at all. Apparently to all of us a perfect day is morning coffee, bowling in the evening, followed up by a dinner at the old Crapplebee's salad bar and if the presidential candidates don't enjoy those same things, well, screw them.

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Blogger Shawn said...

This is what makes modern media so frustrating. They boil everything down into a phrase that draws from popular culture that can be repeated over and over again that, when said enough times, might stick in people's brains right next to a candidate. Bush=beer buddy. Obama=arugula, anti-applebees.

I really don't think these issues actually seep into the cognizant thought of voters until AFTER the media wraps it up in a tight pre-thought quotable bundle to be easily distributed to the masses. In its convenience, it then becomes the defining lexicon that perversely shapes the dialogues we have. I could draw some close parallels to the processed food industry, but I'm probably eating some right now.

It's pretty clear this guy wanted to coin the next "candidate I can drink a beer with" phenomenon, but I hope with his phantom salad bar gaffe this ship will never leave the harbor.

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