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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    SUV's are nothing more than fancy mini-vans. Their nature is to be an accessory. That's understood by the fact that they offer no practical utility. Why would I be outraged over something being used for it's intended purpose?

    As far as the difference to what I'm saying is that SUV's are totally worthless to a working man unless you tear out the seats and put steel plates over the windows.

    I guess they might be useful for a person who tows a boat every now and then and is married to a soccer mom. Otehr than that, they are pretty worthless in my opinion.
    Outrage was an incorrect term to be used. I was trying to relate (albeit unsuccessfully) to the issue of driving a vehicle that is not necessary for what you do.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by static_engineer View Post
    Outrage was an incorrect term to be used. I was trying to relate (albeit unsuccessfully) to the issue of driving a vehicle that is not necessary for what you do.
    That's called 'freedom of choice'.....

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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by static_engineer View Post
    Outrage was an incorrect term to be used. I was trying to relate (albeit unsuccessfully) to the issue of driving a vehicle that is not necessary for what you do.
    I don't care if someone drives a pickup who never uses it for it's intended purpose. More power to them. I wouldn't do it, but they can do what they wish.

    My point is that if a pickup truck isn't being used for it's intended purpose, it's nothing but an oddly shaped car. To me, a person isn't any more a "man of the people" simply because they drive an oddly shaped car.

    The majority of SUV's, IMO, can be nothing but oddly shaped cars because they offer little to no practical utility. To me they are just taller station wagons.

    At least pickup trucks have practical value outside of being an accessory.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    No, it is a sign that you have need to haul things.

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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Embrace the symbolism. Massachusetts is a primarily blue-collar Democrat state. Brown is a politician but tapped into that and convinced the state he was one of them, and not an elitist who will ignore the people's wishes. That politically played well in Mass. I think it's the same as tapping into something vacuous as "hope and change" and it worked.

    It's smart politics. It got him in the door. Coakley is an awkward fit and there was something about her, and I can't pin it down, that I just didn't care for. Believe me, if Obama needed to get votes he'd send out every grass roots activist in D-Kal baseball hats, overalls and dirty trucks if it meant getting votes.
    I absolutely agree that it is tapping into something as vacuous as "hope and change", and that it was apparently a smart political move. It's like Hillary Clinton going around in a Yankee cap when everyone knows that she doesn't give a **** about the Yankees. Bitch was supposedly a Cubs fan until she ran for senate.

    But what I'm really interested in is trying to figure out how and why these superficial ploys seem to work.

    On one hand, I like to think (perhaps pretend?) that people are generally smart enough to see through the political BS of it all. But then I see it working and I've got to question those thoughts.

    Thus, the poll and the thread.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    So what do you guys think? Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?
    No, it is a sign of being a republican.
    Who else would use a gas-guzzler that's killing polar bears in the Arctic? (And that's when Palin's not hunting bambi and the polar bears down)
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tlmorg02 View Post
    No, it is a sign that you have need to haul things.
    This actually made me realize something.

    A politician may need one to haul around the tons of bull**** they require in order to execute the duties of their job.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by JoeMama View Post
    Who else would use a gas-guzzler that's killing polar bears in the Arctic?
    People who have to work for a living.
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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    This actually made me realize something.

    A politician may need one to haul around the tons of bull**** they require in order to execute the duties of their job.
    The sad part is that the BS is not needed to do their job, just to keep it.

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    Re: Is owning a pickup truck a sign of being a "man of the people"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    People who have to work for a living.
    yea, working for a living killing polar bears.

    But in all seriousness, yea, driving the truck can be construed to seem more 'down to earth' because the trucker is perceived (whether it should or should not) as a blue-collar working man/woman that actually needs it.
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