QuoteOriginally posted by: farmerQuoteOriginally posted by: CrashedMintActually the Obama/Starbucks analogy is mine.That is precisely my point. To me, it is a strange though perhaps not fully understood reason for preferring Obama.If I were to call it a crazy reason, the natural question is what has driven you to madness? Why are you willing to spend so much money to attach yourself to fads?Perhaps you are just into fashion. This is not crazy, but rather common. In this case, perhaps you simply could not think of a clear fashion item associated with men. A girl might have said "Obama is my Louis Vuitton" or "Obama is my Newports." But a guy-oriented fashion item did not immediately pop into your head, so you grabbed Starbucks.it appears you are genuinely intrigued, so let me explain what starbucks is too me:Starbucks is a brand which succeeded in creating a positively charged brand not unlike Apple. A lot of people really like Starbucks and somehow it defines their life in a way. They will demand a special preparation, they will actually take pride in spending so much on it. The somehow believe that their very average existence is uplifted through the brand of coffee they drink. Other people really hate Starbucks. To me love and hate are very strong feelings when it comes to coffee. If you look at it calmly it's just coffee and not an especially good one. But it's also not terribly bad. So when I'm in a new location and I don't feel adventurous (say, I'm in transit at an airport) and I see Starbucks I will just get Starbucks. It's a farcry from really good coffee, but it's predictably good. In school grades it's probably a B-.Now when there is a fantastic place next to Starbucks I would never go. But to me Romney was even worse. So I made the call: Vote for the guy who I think is kind of OK, or vote for the guy I really don't like. It's an easy choice in the end. Now why don't I like Romney? One word: Liberty. I think there is nothing more private than your own body and I find it's a horrible infringement into ones personal space when the government decides to tell you, you can't have an abortion. It's also a terrible argument that because some people think it's "bad" gays cannot marry. It's none of the government's fucking business! How dare they tell me what to do! Now, I don't plan to get an abortion and I also don't plan to marry I dude, but it's not exactly my accomplishment that I'm male/white/straight/educated/notpoor.So I would have picked Obama. (Actually, just like you I didn't vote). But I'm not waltzing around smug with that Venti Latte, but I'm merely drinking it. Getting Starbucks is nothing to be proud of. Voting Obama is nothing to be proud of. But people are, which is weird. So next time I get coffee I will smile to that retarded hipster who thinks he's the shit, or no, I will smirk.