Wednesday, October 22, 2008

You Got Your Politics in my Baseball! You Got Your Baseball in my Politics!

Is it delicious? No, it's fucking stupid.

Now I'm a big fan of that place where politics and sports naturally collide, and those types of stories are often covered beautifully by David Zirin.

But making baseball a campaign issue that's supposed to be important to voters is just stupid.

Some of you may recall this stupidity during Hillary Clinton's first run for the Senate, back in 2000. She was running against the completely forgettable Rick Lazio. Lazio was getting his ass handed to him at a time when New York had a Republican Mayor (Giuliani) and a Republican Governor (Pataki). The October Surprise of that election was that the Mets and Yankees both went to the World Series.

Giuliani and Pataki wore their Yankee caps, and Lazio (from Long Island) wore his Mets cap, as they joked about reaching across team lines, etc., etc. More importantly, they were pointing out that Hillary hadn't expressed allegiance to either team. In fact, it appeared she might be a, gasp, Cubs fan!

No one cared, Lazio lost, and Hillary's in the middle of her second term as New York Senator. As far as I know, she still hasn't expressed allegiance to either New York team, and seriously, who gives a shit.

It came up again last year during the primaries. Giuliani the die hard Yankee fan declared (just before the New Hampshire primary in the heart of Red Sox Nation) that he was rooting for Boston over the Colorado Rockies. No one cared, Giuliani lost, and he's still a dick.

Now, of course, it's McCain's turn. Obama's a Chicago White Sox fan, and apparently he's stated that he's rooting for the Phillies in the World Series.

There's no telling why someone roots for which teams in the World Series. If your team doesn't make it (and most don't), it's all about adopting a team.

But when a couple of the Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays offered a public endorsement of Obama (including former Met Clifford "Motherfuckin'" Floyd), Obama said some kind things about them and the Rays, even though it was the Rays that beat the White Sox in the playoffs.

McCain accused him of pandering to voters in both swing states. Obama's campaign called the criticism ridiculous because he's still rooting for the Phillies.

And again, no one cares. Because it's fucking stupid.

I want the Rays to win, I suppose, but I also don't care so much that I wouldn't be able to find something positive in a Phillies victory. Neither are my team. So really, John McCain, who gives a shit?

I can't wait for the voters to John McCain this guy.

3 Comments:

At 7:24 PM , Anonymous curt(what'shisname said...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohchiik/1439263080/

 
At 7:46 PM , Blogger ArtsyFartsyTim said...

Hillary has said she is a Mets fan (at least early on)

 
At 6:15 PM , Anonymous Mr. Phanatic said...

Go Phils!

 

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