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Stop SwiftBoating Latte

Posted by: David Kiley on May 5, 2008


Okay. I’m officially fed up with the innocent latte getting beat up as being elitist.

From CBS News: A push-pull dynamic has redefined Hillary. As the mainstream media, the left-wing blogs and latte liberals have turned on her, she has held all the more tightly to her down-scale constituency and reacted against her critics. She has lashed out against and husband Bill has dissed “upscale culture liberals.” She has defied the precious rules of liberal politics, referring to Osama bin Laden in a TV ad, threatening to “obliterate” Iran and - even worse - sitting down with Bill O’Reilly for a cordial interview. The same people who spent a decade defending her and her husband howl betrayal.

From Maureen Dowd at The New York Times: … Cherry-bombing the word “pansy” into the discourse, Governor Mike Easley of North Carolina said Hillary made “Rocky Balboa look like a pansy.” Paul Gipson, president of a steelworkers local in Portage, Indiana, hailed her “testicular fortitude,” before ripping into “Gucci-wearing, latte-drinking, self-centered, egotistical people that have damaged our lifestyle.”

From The Times: …..If there’s butter and white wine in your refrigerator and Fig Newtons in the cookie jar, you’re likely to vote for Hillary Clinton. Prefer olive oil, Bear Naked granola and a latte to go? You probably like Barack Obama, too.
From The New Republic: “Grande Un-Americano: Clinton smears latte liberals everywhere.”

From New York Magazine: “[Barack] Obama has won the small caucus states with the latte-sipping crowd,” an anonymous aide to Hillary Clinton told the Times of London over the weekend. “They don’t need a president, they need a feeling.”

It’s funny how nonsense gets into the cultural wordstream. I’m as ready as anyone to say that $4.00 for a cup of coffee is crazy. In fact, there must be a Recession on because I drove a half-mile out of my way this morning to avoid my usual coffee stop, and hit Starbucks instead for a $1.50 Pike Place.

So, as I sat there, I wondered who are these latte liberals? It’s so demeaning. I live in Ann Arbor, MI, a place Bill O’Reilly calls “hell,” along with Madison Wisc.

I sat for 20 minutes at Starbuck’s on Main Street. That’s right…MAIN STREET USA MR. BILL!!!!…In that time, eleven people ordered lattes. I stopped and asked each one what they did for a living, and explained I was out to prove or disprove the latte liberal myth. Here is the run-down: There were four college students (two social work students, one business school student and one medicaL school student). Two women who were together were stay-at-home Moms who had dropped their kids off at school. One college professor from the law school. One retired Ford executive. One construction contractor. Two men together—both said they were looking for work having taken buyout packages from their former company.

Call me the “L” word if you like, but this doesn’t sound like an elitist crowd to me. Heck, two of them were looking for work, and two of them were future social workers!

I have written before that I got hooked on Arabica-bean coffee years ago, and can’t go back to the swill that is Folgers and Maxwell House and the like. Brown Gold? There’s a joke in there somewhere.

But what I really would like to see is for pols this season to stop swift-boating latte.

As one pal of mine said: “Tagging Obama with being a latte liberal is not a class thing, it’s a racial thing. Because he’s the color of latte.”

That was enough to make me squirm, stuff some sugar packets in my backpack and drink some tap water instead of coffee at any price.

Reader Comments


May 5, 2008 9:45 PM


If you think like Barack Obama, that WORKING CLASS PEOPLE are just a bunch of "BITTER"!, STUPID, PEASANTS, Cash COWS!, and CANNON FODDER. :-(

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think Barack Obama with little or no experience would be better than Hillary Clinton with 35 years experience.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can fix an economy on the verge of collapse better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) led the greatest economic expansion, and prosperity in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience fighting for universal health care can get it for you better than Hillary Clinton. Who anticipated this current health care crisis back in 1993, and fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds to get universal health care for all the American people.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience can manage, and get us out of two wars better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) went to war only when he was convinced that he absolutely had to. Then completed the mission in record time against a nuclear power. AND DID NOT LOSE THE LIFE OF A SINGLE AMERICAN SOLDIER. NOT ONE!

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience saving the environment is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) left office with the greatest amount of environmental cleanup, and protections in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with little or no education experience is better than Hillary Clinton. Whose ;-) husband (Bill Clinton) made higher education affordable for every American. And created higher job demand and starting salary’s than they had ever been before or since.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that Obama with no experience will be better than Hillary Clinton who spent 8 years at the right hand of President Bill Clinton. Who is already on record as one of the greatest Presidents in American history.

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think that you can change the way Washington works with pretty speeches from Obama, rather than with the experience, and political expertise of two master politicians ON YOUR SIDE like Hillary and Bill Clinton..

You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you think all those Republicans voting for Obama in the Democratic primaries, and caucuses are doing so because they think he is a stronger Democratic candidate than Hillary Clinton. :-)

Best regards

jacksmith... Working Class :-)

p.s. You Might Be An Idiot! :-)

If you don't know that the huge amounts of money funding the Obama campaign to try and defeat Hillary Clinton is coming in from the insurance, and medical industry, that has been ripping you off, and killing you and your children. And denying you, and your loved ones the life saving medical care you needed. All just so they can make more huge immoral profits for them-selves off of your suffering...

You see, back in 1993 Hillary Clinton had the audacity, and nerve to try and get quality, affordable universal health care for everyone to prevent the suffering and needless deaths of hundreds of thousands of you each year. :-)

Approx. 100,000 of you die each year from medical accidents from a rush to profit by the insurance, and medical industry. Another 120,000 of you die each year from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don’t die from. And I could go on, and on...



May 6, 2008 12:45 PM

Whenever you get a group that you hate, it helps if you throw a few adjectives to help bash them with more passion. "Those damn liberals" just doesn't sound as passionate and angry as "those Gucci wearing, post smoking, tree hugging, baby killing, gun hating, gay loving, latte sipping, corporation hating liberal scum."

Did I get all the typical name calling commonly used against anyone who could be classified as liberal? I sure want my readers to know that I'm mad and I hate all those liberal and they should hate them too because they drink pressed coffee with steamed milk for between $3 and $4 a cup.

And what about conservatives who drink lattes? Should we hate them and classify them as "elitist" as well? Or are the multi-millionaires and billionaires who fund the GOP and its media channels are drinking decaf Maxwell House they buy in bulk at Sam's Club before going to the mill or to milk the cows?

Just curious...

Burt Helm

May 6, 2008 3:06 PM

@Jacksmith: Wow, man. You sound bitter.


May 7, 2008 2:59 PM

Oh and just a crazy idea that popped into my head. What about starting a new beverage related pejorative targeted towards moderates and conservatives? Can we start a trend here about Cognac Cons and Heineken Mods?


May 16, 2008 12:58 PM


Agreed. I hope he doesn't turn to his guns and faith.

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