Iâ€™ve heard that the one poll question most likely to predict the winner of presidential elections is: who would you rather have a beer with?
Itâ€™s likely that the clairvoyant powers of this poll question are more apocryphal than real but, hey, itâ€™s Friday and I feel like delving into lighter matters.
unscientific poll conducted on-line by beer producers has Obama beating McCain 47% to 22% (the poll includes other candidates). But I think that gap is much larger that it would be in a real poll. After all, McCain has been known to enjoy a drink or two while Obama has shown some deficits in his beer IQ.
Then again, George W. Bush won the beer poll in both elections despite being a non-drinker, so I guess real-world drinking habits donâ€™t much figure in to peopleâ€™s answers.
Personally, Iâ€™d like to have a beer with both McCain and Obama but, if I had to choose just one to invite to the brew pub, Iâ€™d go with McCain. Iâ€™m a sucker for good stories from â€œback in the dayâ€ and I bet the man can spin a few. Plus the guy just seems more likely to let loose and knock back a few with me. Itâ€™s not that I think Obama is ridiculously uptight â€“ just that heâ€™s me more the type Iâ€™d invite to an afternoon of Hill Country wine tasting than an evening at the local bar.
So, if you can possibly put your partisanship aside, who would you rather have a beer with this year? Barack Obama or John McCain?