Back in July, a Facebook post from GOP U.S. Senate candidate Joe O’Dea went quasi-viral as a uniquely silly attempt to project “everyman” appeal: hankering for sushi from the local Denver suburban strip mall, O’Dea saddled up the horses and rode through the suburban streets of southwest Denver to relieve his craving–just like you would if you had horses, more free time than the average working suburbanite, and no regrets about leaving road apples on the roads and sidewalks.
O’Dea tries hard to come off as a relatable ordinary guy, but something about his “goatee and mullet” image has always come off as a bit contrived. Inevitably separated from the travails of everyday life by tens of millions of dollars, it’s no more possible for O’Dea to pretend to be an “ordinary Joe” than Mehmet Oz can fake the experience of shopping for a veggie platter.
This weekend, in a Politico profile of the Colorado U.S. Senate race, it happened again:
In an interview at Spanky’s Roadhouse in Denver, sipping a Michelob Ultra he poured into a glass of ice, [Pols emphasis] O’Dea elaborated on the kind of Republican senator he would be.
Who better to express the revulsion we all should feel than U.S. Senate brewmeister John Hickenlooper:
***poured into a glass of ice*** pic.twitter.com/lNMKUmtnjY
— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) October 17, 2022
The story has prompted significant debate this morning over which is the greater zymological offense: drinking beer over ice, or drinking Michelob Ultra over ice. Michelob Ultra is only by the very loosest standards considered beer, after all, and once diluted with ice we’re not sure what you would call it. A beer cooler? Whatever it is, we surer than hell wouldn’t drink it.
Joe O’Dea: trying too hard, or not nearly hard enough? Either way, it’s just kind of weird.
Joe just proved that he is a dirty Communist.
**shrug** Micheladas are served over ice, so this seems like a fine preference, if not a common one. This isn't like a Guiness or something.
Nice try but that shit is NOT a Michelada. It's lite beer with ice.
Not really trying anything. Just saying that micheladas, which contain beer, are often served on ice. I've never had a lite beer on ice. I'm gonna give it a try.
I'm not interested in lite beer on ice. It would dilute the ice.
I used to get Tecates at La Fiesta that were served with a glass of ice with a salted rim and a lime wedge. I think the choice of Michelob Ultra is worse than the ice
This whole dustup reminds one of the pictures of the Boston Brahmin, John Kerry, windsurfing during the 2004 election campaign.
Oh yes, that was a classic. And didn't the Bush folk catch him saying something along the lines of, "I like brie on my Philly cheesesteak"?
He's lost TFG, Hanks, and Dave Williams – is the Coors family next?
(disclaimer: I actually believe a person should drink what they like and drink it how they like it. Why should microbloggers be able to regulate a personal choice like this?)
Good point. Since the Coors family has lightened up on their fanatical right-wing beliefs since the Old Man died, the fact that O’Dea professes to be sort of pro-choice – at least by GOP standards – they may give him a pass on such ideological impurities.
But drinking something other than a Coors product – verboten.
He can ski in jeans too, that doesn't make it cool.
Someone needs to cut a commercial immediately spreading this information far and wide in CO.
What’s next? Tennessee Senators supporting electronica? Lactose intolerant Wisconsin Senators? A Nebraskan Senator eating corn on the cob with a fork? 2022 just got weird.
Made the mistake of commenting about this on twitter. Was approached by a Wall Street Journal writer to comment on my "apparently strong views" on the subject.