Note: This article in no way endorses any candidate or political party. For purposes of this blog, you may consider me entirely politically neutral. I am the Switzerland of politics. …here, at least.
It goes without saying that food can be a political tool or an unscientific measure of someone’s political leanings.
Wine and champagne loosen money clips at fundraising galas, while enterprising pollsters set up homemade voting booths in their garages, complete with coffee and brownies for voters. Meanwhile, people across the nation make broad and asinine assumptions about a person’s political viewpoint based upon what they do or do not eat. A sushi eater? A Bordeaux connoisseur? Must be a Democrat. He drinks Pearl in a can? She likes brisket? Must be a Republican.
Food has an enormous impact on every other area of our lives. Why not our politics? The insightful and witty ella over at From Scratch regularly mixes food and politics on her blog with entertaining and interesting results. And today, courtesy of Houston TV personality Isiah Carey, we encounter a new intersection of food and politics: Wine Drinkers for Obama. Isiah writes:
I’ve seen Women for Obama, Teens for Obama, Lesbians for Obama, Houston Professionals for Obama, Seniors for Obama, Obama for Obama but I was a bit surprised to find ‘Wine Drinkers for Obama.’ That’s right, apparently a group of wine drinkers who meet periodically in Houston have formed a political group to support Barack Obama.
Interestingly enough, it doesn’t seem that Mr. Obama really needs support from the wine drinkers of the nation, in light of this recent article in The Nation:
In crude political terms, Obama won the “wine track” and lost the “beer track.” That didn’t happen in Iowa.
Obama’s attracted a great many Democrats, liberal and centrist, who want an alternative to Clinton. But if Obama wants to prevail beyond New Hampshire, he needs to get the beer track back.
Perhaps some ambitious beer-drinkers out there need to create a “Beer Drinkers for Obama” support group. Or, if they’re of the Hilary Clinton persuasion, perhaps a “Wine Drinkers for Clinton” group is more in order than a “Wine Drinkers for Obama” group. It would appear that — for now — he has that contingent well-covered.
In the meantime, if you live in Houston and happen to be both an Obama supporter and a wine drinker, “Wine Drinkers for Obama” will be meeting tonight (February 27th) at 6pm at that foodie mecca, Central Market. More details can be found here.