(And grape growers)
I have always wanted to post something like this - totally unfair, out of context, and attacking one silly rhetorical blunder. But even then, what was Terrible Timmy thinking?
One of the real oddities of the contemporary conservative movement is its intense contempt for the perceived personal consumption habits of contemporary liberals. Particularly odd is that this is normally phrased as a hyper-defensive accusation that liberals have contempt for conservatives. At CPAC today, Tim Pawlenty went off an a really nasty rant about how liberals all sneer at conservatives for not having gone to Ivy League colleges and for not liking “brie and chablis.”Obviously aspiring pop-conservatives like Pawlenty will say anything for an applause line at CPAC. Embracing populist egghead-bashing works pretty well, except he seems to be unaware the American cheese-buying market has moved on from Velveeta. At the least, it was tragically dated.
For one thing, I defy anyone to find a single example of liberals sneering at Pawlenty for having attended the University of Minnesota. It’s a good school! What’s to sneer at? And who’s sneering? Meanwhile: brie? Really? Ramesh Ponnuru likes it. They know all about it at Sam’s Club. Of course in Minnesota, local favorite Target is the big box retailer of choice and they sell this nice cheese board. At the St Paul Cheese Shop about 1.2 miles from Pawlenty’s house they’re offering what sounds like a nice sandwich of prosciutto di parma and Great Lakes brie. [More]
The mustiest of Tim Pawlenty's attacks today was on San Francisco elites who eat brie and drink Chablis.
What is the point in market-driven dairy producers seeking to serve a lucrative premium market if politicians who claim to be on their side ridicule their customers?