The 2008 Race Viewed Through A Football Prism
I'm a sucker for football analogies. As far as I'm concerned, football is life – the rest is just details. Some people – leftist women and feminized men mostly – take great exception anytime a football analogy is used to describe a political contest.
Frankly, those people need to find something else to get worked up about. As they get worked up about not a whole lot, that shouldn't be too hard.
CBS News' Dick Meyer – in what is evidently his final column as a CBS political correspondent – should win an award for the best football analogy of the 2008 election cycle. Says Mr. Meyer:
The Democratic Party is choking.
Facing nothing but open field ahead, the team can't get the ball in the end zone. The incumbent Republican president's unpopularity is historically high. The country is opposed to the Iraq war and worried about the recession. Gas prices are heading toward $4 a gallon. John McCain, the Republican nominee, is the oldest presidential nominee in history.
But the Democrats can't score. They're not even on the field yet. They're still stuck in the locker room of the primaries, bickering.
The veteran offensive line, the Clintonistas, won't block for the young players at the skill positions, the Obamists. They have the ball and are perfectly poised to fumble.
In sports, there are always "gimme the ball" players, the super-confident stars who want the ball with three seconds left in the game. Clinton and Obama want the ball, alright, but the rest of the team doesn't really want to win or know how to win. They're choking.
There are many reasons why Obama failed to "seal the deal" with the voters in Texas and Ohio on Tuesday. Some of the credit/blame lies with Hillary. A good chunk of it lies with Obama himself. Regardless, it looks like these two are going to trade hammer and tong for the next three months or so – possibly all the way to Denver. As a political observer, I'm pretty happy about that. I'm happier that the party I can't stand is doing this to themselves.
The fact remains the Democratic Party is altogether unfamiliar with how to handle victory. Neither candidate is willing to step aside for the good of the party and unite behind the other in order to make a November victory more likely.
Memo to McCain: You owe Mitt Romney more than you could possibly imagine for having cleared the field for you. You'd do well to remember that in some very public way. End Memo.
I'm very fond of the Proverb which counsels
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind: and the fool shall be servant to the wise of heart.
Well, by the looks of things, the Democratic Party is heading directly for a tornado. The Denver convention floor might just look like a Kansas trailer park when the dust settles.
Blow, baby. Blow.
Here endeth the lesson.