Order Up For The Election

Samantha Hayes in Washington, DC

This is not the first time I’ve written a political blog inspired by Waffle House. During the January primaries in South Carolina, I paid the Wa-Hou (as it is affectionately known in the South) a visit to talk to folks about how they planned to vote.  They described the political rhetoric as scattered, smothered, and covered (just like an order of hashbrowns.)

I return to Waffle House blogging because on its webpage, the restaurant is offering voters the opportunity to weigh in on their favorite waffle. Below a picture of a classic WH waffle, with blueberries on one side and strawberries on the other, it says, “to determine whether your state is red or blue, vote for your waffle of choice. There is no need to vote along party lines. Your political preference is separate from your waffle preference.” So in other words, you can love Barack Obama’s tax plan but still embrace the red strawberry goodness on your waffle. Mmm.

Waffle House is not the only place serving up politics. 7-11 convenience stores are counting coffee cups: customers buy blue for Obama, red for McCain.  At Wonderland bakery, located in California, cookies are decorated with the candidates’ names and donkeys or elephants.  Baskin-Robbins ice cream has already called the race.  The election flavor “Whirl Of Change” beat out the “Straight Talk Crunch.” Apparently no one is calling for a recount count of the taste test (but if they did, I would gladly vote again).

If you are still undecided about whether to vote for Obama or McCain, perhaps a hot cup of coffee, a waffle, and either a cookie or icecream for dessert will at least give you a full stomach on which to make your final decision.

Samantha Hayes is a national correspondent for CNN Newsource based in Washington, D.C. She contributes political stories to KSAT-12. You can learn more about her here.

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