Obama Beer

Drinking beer and talking politics. Two great past times that taste great together. That is until I read that I live in a so-called “wine track” state.

That’s what Thomas Schaller, associate professor of political science at University of Maryland, called Maryland when he  grouped it together with California, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as one of the places where incomes are high, people are well-educated and the electorate is less concerned about race – and will therefore vote for Obama as the democratic nominee.

According to a McClatchy Newspapers article by David Lightman, Schaller distinguished Maryland from so-called “beer track” states like Ohio and Pennsylvania (which is where I was born and raised). So far his theory seems to be holding true, given Obama’s trouncing of Clinton in the recent Potomac Primary. But try telling Barack’s Kenyan countrymen (Obama’s father is Kenyan) that he’s a wine tippler rather than a beer drinker.

Kenyans seem to be fond of using beer as a political symbol. When I was there in college in the early nineties and Kenya was preparing for its first ever multiparty democratic elections, it was popular in bars to order “two two”, which meant two beers but was also code for supporting multiparty elections. Now Kenyan’s are referring to the local Senator Beer as “Obama beer.” Check out this news video.

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10 Responses to Obama Beer

  1. The Dude says:

    That’s what Thomas Schaller, associate professor of political science at University of Maryland, called Maryland when he grouped it together with California, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as one of the places where incomes are high, people are well-educated and the electorate is less concerned about race – and will therefore vote for Obama as the democratic nominee.

    Ummm… yeah. The lack of enthusiasm for Obama among some of us out here in flyover country couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that the only really specific things he’s outlined in his campaign thus far are liberal (verging on socialist) ideas, could it? Maybe I’m just so uneducated and racist that I missed the nuance. The Obama-mania that I’ve seen so far appears pretty cult-like. Not exactly what I think of as typical behavior for a well-educated electorate, but whatever strokes your ego I guess.

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