Tuesday, March 04, 2008
red hots, getcher red hots:
Via Yglz, Barack Obama wins the backing of Gray's Papaya. For any doubters wondering about Obama's commitment to the working poor, the support of those who sell the Recession Special in good times and bad should settle the argument.

The big question is now whether Papaya King bandwagons or endorses Clinton in a fit of competition. If Papaya King goes with the Clintons, it could mean trouble for Obama: after all, despite being the inferior hot dog vendor in the Gray's/King matchup, they are the ones namechecked by Kramer on Seinfeld. (Which, when you think about it, makes no sense, because the original PK is on Lexington/Third and 86th Street, yet Kramer hates the East Side.) There's probably an important microtrend here -- Downtown Columbus Paper-Graders, for instance, who watch Seinfeld repeats after finishing their take-home work -- that will decide today's primaries/caucuses. As Papaya King goes, so goes the Democratic Party.

(About the headline: it's a Blind Lemon Jefferson lyric, or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof. The song is "Hot Dog Blues" and it's not exactly a model of high fidelity.)
--Spencer Ackerman