Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Decision 08: Alinea or Applebees?

Imagine this: It's November, you're in the ballot box, and you're trying to figure out who to vote for.

The multiple debates haven't swayed you, the hundreds of millions of dollars of campaign ads haven't reached you, and you decide to vote with your stomach.

That scenario might not be that far fetched.

A special thanks to Agatha for pointing out what NYT columnist David Brooks is essentially calling the, "Applebee's Test".

Brooks believes Obama's problem is that, "he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who can go into an Applebee's salad bar and people think he fits in naturally there."

Aside from the fact that Applebee's doesn't have a salad bar, does Brooks have a point? After eight years of a president that people thought they could "have a [non-alcoholic] beer with", do voters really want the common man, or do they want someone with the uncommon qualities like a certain senator from a certain mid-western state as their next president?

Do Americans want someone who eats at Applebee's, or someone who eats at Alinea?


The Ex said...

And John McCain does fit in at an Applebee's?

I mean, if this is seriously how people are deciding who to vote for then I GIVE UP all hope I ever had.

Richard Nixon said...

Americans don't care.

And they shouldn't.

lacochran said...

I've heard this theory, or a variation on it, a lot. And I don't get it.

I'd much rather have a President that demonstrates intelligence than one who can "fit in" with the everyday idjits. I've got plenty of folks to have a beer with. How about a little leadership, instead?

Shouldn't we expect a little more from our presidents?