Skip to comments.This Bud's for Cruz [Anheuser-Busch opposing recall!]
Posted on 10/06/2003 8:02:18 AM PDT by NativeNewYorker
This Bud's for Cruz: I got a taped call from Al Gore last night. There was something strange about it. Here's what it said:
GORE'S VOICE: This is former vice Precident Al Gore calling to urge you to vote no on the recall. Gray Davis has been a solid progressive governor and deserves to finish out his term. We simply cannot let the right wing Republicans roll back the progress California has been making under Governor Davis. It is very important that you vote no on the recall. Also, as insurance against a strong pro-recall turnout, and to keep a Democrat in the governor's office, continue on the ballot and vote "yes" for Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante to keep the governorship in Democratic hands. So remember, vote no on the recall, and then vote for Cruz Bustamante, who is located on your ballot under the letter "B." Thank you.
WOMAN'S VOICE: Paid for by Progressive Democrats and Independents against the recall. Major funding by Anheuser-Busch.
So what was strange about it?The last line--"Major funding by Anheuser-Busch." What's America's largest brewer doing going to bat for Gray Davis and Cruz Bustamante? Is that legal? Maybe so--perhaps the cost is somehow apportioned between the "recall" message and the "Bustamante" message in a way that gets around whatever campaign limits apply. But is it smart? Anheuser-Busch has put its name and it's precious brands, nurtured at a cost of billions of dollars, behind two of the most unpopular politicians in the nation's largest state. How does that make business sense? Aren't opponents of Davis and Bustamante--probably a majority of the population--going to think twice about ordering up a Bud? Even if they're only 40 percent of the population, does Anheuser-Busch want to alienate 40 percent of the market? And what about proud "right-wing Republicans"? Don't they drink beer? ... Possible explanation #1: Maybe Anheuser-Busch executives don't know their company's name is being used in the phone calls. But shouldn't they? ... Possible Explanation #2: Or maybe they figure that in heavily Democratic Venice, where I live, most recipients of the call will think more highly of them because of the Gore/Democrat association. (Perhaps they're sponsoring similar phone messages from Tom Selleck targeted at Republicans in Simi Valley.) But that sort of stealth-targeting strategy would depend on nobody writing a story revealing Anheuser-Busch's actions to a larger audience. ....P.S.: First line on the Anheuser-Busch Web site:
Welcome to the world of Anheuser-Busch, where making friends is our business!
Not in Recally Country! ... 2:35 A.M.
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/beer rant off. I am a home brewer.
I can't believe that corporate funding for a call like this is legal.
Here is a regimen I would reccomend. I don't know what part of the country you are in, but first, find a beer-shop that has a really large selection. Spend some time in there just looking around. Then, start with something that is not too far from what you are currently drinking. Say a pilsener. This is a type of beer originating in Europe. Its also called a pils. Top shelf her eis a brand named Pilsen Urquell - most excellent. But there are also others. Anything from Czech Republic will be good. Thats where pilsener been started, in the town of Pilsen. You are going to be tasting some really clean, fresh tasting beers. Try these for a while and find some you like. Another most excellent beer is a Fischer from the Alsace Lorraine area of France.(its made by a German family). IN the German area, Becks is good. But you can find one you like there. Most Mexican beer is basically German formulation and brewing. Germans started been in Mexico and central/South America. Notice I have not mentioned Heineken? I refuse to drink it; yes I know its famous. But its also full of chemicals. Heineken Corp pays Germany big $$$ every year for a wavier of the Reichs Brewing law to allow import of Heineken into Germany.
Next...we move into some of the fuller flavored American micros. CHEERS!
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