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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Wonk wishes for the holidays

The Caribou Coffee on Pennsylvania and 17th — affectionately known as “The ’bou” — attracts a wonky set. That’s understandable since it’s the caffeine shack for nearby White House and other federal employees. Anne Craib, a friend visiting from Berkeley (do I really need to say ‘California’?), saw just how wonky when she eyed a message on the chalkboard asking, “What do you wish for this holiday season?”

((Photo by Anne Craib))
“Extend unemployment benefits & payroll tax breaks.” White House, perhaps?

“All organic grocery stores & non GMO!” Yeah, I had to ask, too. Genetically Modified Organisms.

“A high quality TPP.” Yeah, I had to look this one up, too. Trans-Pacific Partnership. Clearly, this one came from some at the nearby United States Trade Representative shop.  

Of course there’s the usual “love,” “peace,” “happiness” and “our troops to come home.” And the obligatory “Obama to be reelected! I want to be assured.” But even Craib, a long-time resident of that cauldron of unrepentent liberalism, expressed surprise at these egghead wishes.

Sitll, there’s one on the board I find curious. “Pokemon cards.” That could only have come from the Pokemon-quoting Herman Cain. Considering a friend saw him and the chain-smoking Mark Block strolling through the Ritz-Carlton on M Street last night, it’s possible.

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