Friday, June 27, 2008

Delegates... leave your deep fryers at home

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The South has been a huge political headache for the Democratic Party for the better part of the last half century. In the last 10 presidential elections, for example, the South was pretty solidly behind the Republican presidential nominee.

So, you would think the Democrats, with their 50-state strategy instituted by national chairman Howard Dean, would be a little more accommodating to the Southern delegates to the party’s presidential convention in Denver in August.

You would think. But you would be wrong, at least as far as food is concerned.

As part of the effort to make the 2008 national convention the greenest ever, the Democrats’ catering guidelines include one that strikes at the heart of Southern cuisine: no fried food.

No fried chicken. No fried catfish. No fried green tomatoes. No fried okra. No fried anything. - Austin Statesman

I love Mayor Hickenlooper but according to the article he's mandating that all foods should have at least 3 of the following colors: red, green, yellow, purple, blue and white. With this and his mandate that volunteer fanny packs have to be union-made in the USA and organic you have to wonder at what point he's taking the greening thing a little too far.