As the Republican candidates troll Nevada for votes before Saturday’s caucuses there, GOP strategists have honed in on the demo that most matters: so-called “waitress moms.” White, blue-collar women without college educations are “the Democrats’ true vulnerability,” according to one pollster. Hence the San Francisco Chronicle seeks out a poster gal to showcase as their 2012 version of Joe the Plumber: 27-year-old Timber Hill of the World Famous Coffee Cup café outside Las Vegas (which Guy Fieri has also visited on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives). Her suggestion of the huevos rancheros was reportedly “spot on,” and she’s likely voting for Ron Paul because he doesn’t want to tax her tips.
Also, they talk to the wise, 50-year-old grandmother who runs the joint, who applies a “waitress mom” ethos to all political candidates. “You have to be consistent,” she says. “You can’t fall down; you’re held accountable if you screw up. And nobody is going to bail you out.” Unless of course you’re a “banker dad,” in which case, yeah, somebody probably has already bailed you out.