Latte Sippin’ Obama Supporters

04.17.08 | 5 Comments

“I’ve got news for all the latte-drinking, Prius-driving, Birkenstock-wearing, trust fund babies crowding in to hear him speak! This guy won’t last a round against the Republican attack machine. He’s a poet, not a fighter.”
-Tom Buffenbarger, Youngstown, Ohio

My how the world turns. What would Thomas Jefferson make of an African-American being positioned as the elitist poster-child by a former first lady while battling for the nomination to run for President?

Hillary, with her estimated net worth of $35M is likely to be, shall we say, a little more out of touch with the working class family than Obama with his estimated net worth of $1.3M (though I did notice a snippet that Obama’s 2007 income quadrupled to $4M.) Let’s stipulate that neither candidate is worrying about where their next mortgage payment is going to come from or how they’ll pay for the next tank of gas (I just paid $4.09/gallon for regular unleaded this morning.)

In any case, getting back to Mr. Buffenbarger’s assertion, is there a correlation between hybrid owners, birkenstock buyers, latte sippers, and/or trust fund babies?

Blogger Ethan over at UrbanSpoon.com has posted a brilliant article on the possible correlations and his findings are a bit surprising. Rather than let the cat out of the bag here, suffice to say there is a weak correlation between one of the attributes mentioned and support for Obama. It’s worth a visit to the original article to have the full context as it’s very well articulated and documented. And beyond that, it’s a little funny too. Hope you enjoy it!

And the notion that Obama is a poet, not a fighter. Well Ethan doesn’t take that one on. But I’ll weigh in here and say that better is always different and after decades of “fighters” – perhaps a step outside the box would be good for the nation, and perhaps even, the world. One of the world leaders I’ve always admired is Vaclav Havel, the former President of the Czech Republic and a world-class writer before he assumed the office. He wasn’t perfect, but he did catalyze huge change and manage to lead his country along a path into the 21st century pretty effectively…There is a precedent for different being much, much better.