January 8, 2004

Wasabi Freak Show

Jake at 8bitJoystick weighs in on that Club of Growth Dean attack ad. You know the one I'm talking about:

The ad features a husband and wife and opens with an announcer asking, "What do you think about Howard Dean's proposal to raise your taxes by $1,900 a year?"

The husband replies, 'Well, I think Howard Dean should take his tax-hiking, government-expanding, latte-drinking, sushi-eating, Volvo-driving, New York Times-reading … "

The wife jumps in: "Body-piercing, Hollywood-loving, left-wing freak show back to Vermont where it belongs."

I really want to know when sushi became a liberal thing. Plenty of conservatives I know eat sushi, sashimi and maki rolls. What's the point?
Steve Moore, president of the Club for Growth, said of the ad: "What we're trying to show is Dean is supported by the cultural elite and not by anyone with middle-American values and finances."

If this can be believed, the Bush twins eat sushi. No surprise there - it's delicious but they can afford it. So here's a question. Who do you think eats sushi more often, the average voter or the Bush twins? How about the average Democratic voter vs. the Bush twins? Who can better afford to eat sushi, the average Dean supporter or the Bush twins?

Dean supporters are more elite than the man in the White House, his family and their corporate buddies? Don't make me laugh.

Before Dean has even won the nomination, Republicans are doing their best to make me feel sympathy for him with their attacks. Is it part of some genius plan to make Dean look better in my eyes because they would like to face him in the general election? Not to be too clever, it seems that attacking him this early can be attributed to some strategy other than weakening him for the general election.

[Pictured above are my home-made California maki. Not as pretty without the flying fish roe.]

Posted by James at January 8, 2004 4:45 PM
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I always enjoy this kind of comment from republicans since they are the party that opposes 'elitists' and 'class polarization' I like the irony of these elitist statements that serve to divide the working schubs from the 'refined' more than any union ever could.

hey, who knew that the whole of south eastern asia was liberal?

Posted by: Rui Campos at January 8, 2004 8:47 PM

Let me clarify the above. What they are saying is that if you are worldy and educated then you are elite and not a regular american. Paints a sad picture of a regular american, and i wish someone would point that out.

maybe the new motto should be: "Republicans, we keep you stupid so you don't have to"

Posted by: Rui Campos at January 8, 2004 8:49 PM

If you are educated and you've decided to be a sushi-eating liberal, you're scum. I think that's the message.

Posted by: James at January 8, 2004 10:19 PM

Mmm, sushi.

Posted by: julie at January 9, 2004 9:05 AM

That is also a slightly racist derogatory term. I would not call Californian voters Bean-eaters.

I think I will have some Unagi tonight.

Posted by: Jake of 8bitjoystick.com at January 9, 2004 3:36 PM

Okay, nailed me on the sushi-eating scum part, but I don't drink coffee so lattes are out and body piercings are WAY out. But I think it's funny how scum is defined by the Republican party these days.

Nice maki rolling technique, by the way! It looks like you don't put avocado in your California rolls...? I've gotten to the point where mine stay together (just barely) but still aren't very photogenic. At least they're still delicious.

Posted by: Ariane at January 11, 2004 12:09 AM

I do use avocado, but I think the picture was from my first attempt, and I'm not sure I had an avocado on hand that time. Very perceptive of you!

I don't own a Volvo, so I'm hoping I'm off the list of people who will be electronically tagged when the complete government takeover is affected. ;)

Posted by: James at January 11, 2004 5:55 AM

Re: avocado

Only another sushi-eatin' freak would notice. ;)

Now I'm off to love me some Hollywood...

Posted by: Ariane at January 11, 2004 1:23 PM

re:coffee- latte's aren't real coffee anyway. They're warm overpriced milk with essence of coffee.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at January 12, 2004 9:23 AM

The "Hollywood-loving" part is pretty funny too, coming from a party whose "leader" puts more effort into getting photo opps than fixing the economy.

Posted by: julie at January 12, 2004 2:07 PM

I prefer the term "misleader."

Posted by: James at January 12, 2004 2:12 PM

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