Monday, August 4, 2008

Election Entrees

I always enjoy reading about food, but I am saddened to see that the N.Y. Times' Maureen Dowd and others seem to think that food metaphors are a valid substitute for genuine issue analysis.

In Sunday's NYT, Dowd wrote:

Despite Obama’s wooing, some women aren’t warming. As Carol Marin wrote in The Chicago Sun-Times, The Lanky One is like an Alice Waters organic chicken — “sleek, elegant, beautifully prepared. Too cool” — when what many working-class women are craving is mac and cheese.

So what the hell does this actually mean? This might make for clever-sounding prose, but I'm not sure that comparing the candidates to meal entrees helps voters make sense of the issues.

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