What Republicans eat
Actually, today's fine guest post by Robert of Cross Keys is about what Republicans and Democrats eat, but that was a little long-winded for a headline. I couldn't talk him into a photo of himself and his wife in their partisan outfits to illustrate it, by the way. So instead of a photo of a wine-and-cheese-loving Republican, we have to make do with just the cheese (puffs) and wine. Here's RoCK. EL
This week I went down to the farmers market under the JFX. As I walked around I was offered a socialist newspaper. I said no thanks, I’m a Republican.
The activist seemed a little surprised. Not so much at my terseness, but probably by the fact my appearance belied my ideology. See, I had an eco-friendly canvas bag, a two-day shave, a pair of olive drab shorts and a t-shirt listing the top 10 insults from Shakespeare. (It is a great shirt for the venue on account of the No. 1 insult: “Sell when you can, you are not for all markets.”) ...
When I got home I looked at my wife, who is quite the Democrat, liberal, progressive, communist, etc… She was wearing a Lynyrd Skynyrd t-shirt. Anyway, she was asked what we were going to do for dinner that night.
We went round and round like the two partisans we are, promoting our own ideas and dismissing the others. I was offering up various ethnic options, such as Indian, Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern. She was suggesting steak with a bone, baked potatoes and lobster bisque. It dawned on me that not only our attire but also our dining preferences contradicted our voting cards.
This observation occurred at roughly the same time I read a comment by Richard Cabeza on last week’s post. He stated: “You should go back to stereotype school. You are an ass.”
The former started a conversation among the regulars on Facebook about Republican vs. Democrat foods. (The latter is coincidentally the No. 10 insult on my Shakespeare t-shirt.)
So what are Republican and Democrat foods?
At one time when the parties were split according to management and labor this would have been an easy question. Republican foods were the luxury foods my wife likes. Democrat foods were the ethnic foods that I like, as well as the working class foods of meat loaf and green bean casseroles that no one really likes although people from both sides of the aisle pretend to.
Now things are different. Professionals have shifted to the Democrats, and populists are moving into the Republican Party. The words of Brillat-Savarin: “Tell me what you eat I will tell you what you are” may no longer be true in the way we once knew them to be.
The make-ups of the parties have changed, and with that so have identifying labels of food. Sure there are some old standbys, such as Democrats eat tofurkey while Republicans eat Chilean sea bass, but the old order is dying.
The new order is seen through wine, cheese and sloppy joes. A generation ago Republicans were the ones drinking Chardonnay and eating Brie at the county club, while the Democrats were eating Manwich at the union hall.
Nowadays the Democrats may not be at county clubs or the Republicans at union halls, but their foods have changed parties. Today wine and cheese are consumed by Democrats at various events centered around colored ribbons you pin to yourself, while Republicans are downing sloppy joes at activities featuring magnetic ribbons you stick to your SUV.
Well, I could go on with my sweeping generalizations, but considering I never did graduate from stereotype school, I’m not sure I have the proper credentials to continue pontificating. Everyone else, however, is encouraged to opine on what those people, Republicans and Democrats, eat.
(Photo by Nick Koon/Orange County Register/MCT)
Update: RoCK has sent me a better illustration for his post. It's by Robert Lachman / Los Angeles Times photographer) EL