Only Liberals Eat Arugula

Amy Kuras

Last week, Fox and Friends decided to trash President Obama's child nutrition act, which he signed into law Monday. That's not a surprise, really ... but what should be is that they went for the arugula cliche.

You know the arugula cliche, right? It's using the name of this humble leafy green as a metaphor for a certain sort of elitism and out-of-touch attitude toward the common man. Also known as the "Volvo-driving, latte-drinking, arugula-eating, liberal."

But arugula is not elitist! It's a perfectly innocent green; it's kind of pretty, pale green and a good source of fiber, vitamins A, C, K, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese. You can buy it at most good-size grocery stores, and it's easy to grow in the garden. And its British name is cool ... rocket. Who doesn't want to eat rocket?

And for the record: I skew pretty lefty ... and I hate arugula. It's got a very peppery bite which some people love and I happen to hate. And I know this because a coworker once brought arugula from his garden in to the office, and I tried some. That coworker happened to be one of the most conservative people I ever met.

There's no such thing as a Republican steak or a Democratic salad ... and some people like both.


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