Bitters are the defining ingredient in cocktails and the roots from which all cocktails are sprung. Derived from the dark roots, bark, herbs and fruit, the function of bitters is to give any cocktail "body." Bitters often incorporate a secret blend of exotic ingredients. Bitters can range from bitter with a sweet side to old-man-with-a-dog bitter. In either case, they are best served with a nod to their classic heritage.
Mr. Obama appears this morning to be apologizing. But he was explaining the appeal of Lou Dobbs and anti-gay marriage. He got caught doing an intellectual exercise at a wealthy fundraiser, duh. Don't put that exotic cherry in Pennsylvania's drink, Senator, it's a California thing. Instead, let John Edwards tend bar for an hour or two, swizzle in a little "Union Yes" bitters and please don't be afraid to get a little angry as long as it's about the suffering of white people.
Then watch Pennsylvania get a little tipsy over it.