Latte Liberals

Dan Savage elucidates something I’ve been thinking for a while. Noting the new attack ad on Al Franken that accuses him of being a latte-sipping elitist, Dan writes:

Do Republican politicians and campaign consultants ever actually go to the heartland they never shut up about? I travel a fair bit and there are Starbucks literally everywhere you go—big towns, small towns, college towns, blue-collar towns. And do you know why that is? Because lattes are popular all over!

Exactly. I’ve also wondered about this with respect to McDonalds new latte ads, which feature two women who are relieved that they don’t have to pretend to be elitist anymore.

There are 15,000 Starbucks locations worldwide. If latte-sipping were solely the domain of hard-core liberals, well… suffice it to say we’d have universal health care by now.