What's politics got to do with it?
On the eve of what may be the most significant election days in several generations, I call your attention to a phone call I received this morning from one of the Famous Smoke Shop call center operators. It seems that several customers were offended by the "cigar quote of the week" I chose for this week's sale on Arganese Cameroon cigars. One customer even asked to be removed from our mailing list altogether if we didn't remove it.
The quote was from an article titled, "Bill & Barack: Smoking Buddies?" by Rick Klein of ABC News. As always, it had do to with cigar smoking, NOT politics. However, since it was accompanied by a picture of Barack Obama, some customers took this as some sort of endorsement for him. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The main reason I ran it was because the email would arrive the day before election day and I wanted something that tied the election to cigars, period.
In June, I ran a cigar quote from an article in TheDay.com titled, "John McCain Has Long-Ago Connection To New London," in which the writer related a humorous anecdote from John McCain's book about the Senator's father and a cigar.
Look, I realize there are many of you who are passionate about the candidate of your choice, and I respect that. Personally, I'm still undecided. Regardless of who you plan to vote for, I think it's fair to say that every American voter wants what's best for the country. Will the winner deliver the goods? That remains to be seen, but let's not let politics get in the way of our enjoyment of good cigars.
~ Gary Korb