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Hannity, Ingraham, and Steyn Vs. Dijon Mustard.

May 8, 2009

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So the other day Barack Obama and Joe Biden stop by a burger joint in Virginia for lunch.  Obama orders, and I’m paraphrasing, “a basic cheddar cheeseburger.  And some mustard.  Spicy brown mustard, or Dijon, if you’ve got it.”

Innocuous, no?

Not in the eyes of right-wing cheerleaders Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Steyn.

Ewww… look at Barack Obama!  He’s too fancy schmantzy for ketchup.  He’s gotta have DIJON mustard.  DIIIJOOON MUUUUSTAAARD!

Hannity calls him out on only pretending to be a “man of the people” because he likes Dijon.

Ingraham says, “I don’t even like the way the man orders a hamburger… what kind of man orders a cheeseburger without ketchup?”

After teasing Obama for being the unofficial spokesperson for Grey Poupon, Steyn goes on to say, “So yesterday Barack Obama had a hamburger.  I don’t know what he’ll do today to pass for ‘human.'”

This is a thread worthy of picking?

I’m looking right at ya, right-wing talking heads.

Look, we all know the playbook.  Paint Obama as an elitist because he likes arugula, and apparently, Dijon mustard.   I get it.  And I’m sure it’s going to work.  I’m sure we’re all going to hear the “Dijon mustard” sound bites for a long, long time.  I’m sure your elitist talking point will get lots of run.

But the Republican party is in disarray right now.  The conservative movement has stalled.  And now it seems you’re deciding your best course of action is to behave the same exact way you ran (and lost) the presidential campaign:  sit back, wait for Obama to “screw up,” and then whip up some snarky talking points and hope they gain traction.

But America decided that we’re too smart to fall for that bullshit.

And yet, you still keep trying.

You’re turning how Barack Obama orders a burger into a full-fledged talking point.

And you wonder why nobody takes you seriously anymore.

Oh, and by the way, a LOT of people order cheeseburgers without ketchup.  Uppity people like Texans.  Or the restaurant that actually invented the hamburger.

And Grey Poupon mustard?  Made by the same Euro-trash that brings Velveeta and Ranch Dressing to your kitchen table… Kraft Foods.

Just sayin’.


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