Candidates Want You in the Kitchen

ClickZ_Campaign08_katefinal.jpgLast week while perusing my Gmail account, I got a kick out of a note sent to me from the Ralph Nader campaign (yes, he’s running for president again, in spite of the media’s utter disregard for him or other third-party candidates). He wanted to give me an old family recipe for hummus in exchange for a campaign donation.

Today another recipe-related missive arrived in my inbox, titled, “My Mom’s Apple Cake Recipe.”

“If you donate to Nader/Gonzalez by midnight tonight an amount that has the number two in it (two being the number of lemons in my mom’s apple cake recipe — the number of apples will remain a secret, for now), we’ll e-mail to you Rose Nader’s apple cake recipe tomorrow.”

Wait a minute. I thought Ralph didn’t like lemons.

Seriously though, another recipe pitch? Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook and bake, but somehow the domestication theme doesn’t feel right for Ralph. It also felt a little forced way back in June 2007 when Democratic primary hopeful
John Edwards did it. The campaign sent e-mails promising a secret family pecan pie recipe in exchange for donations.

Campaign manager Joe Trippi even appeared in a pie-making video demonstration. Of course they burnt the pie. Comedic genius! Yuk yuk.

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