Long before the Internet, in oh, about 2004 let's say, it was rather easy for a Presidential candidate to barnstorm the country, slurping up the local support by lauding area politicians, landmarks, and sports teams. But today we live in a very different post-YouTube world. And Sen. Barack Obama (A-White Sox) is feeling the searing heat of his own potential flip-floppery.
Oh, sure, sports team loyalty — it's not a big deal you might say. WRONG. It's very, very important. In fact, Bob Schieffer deserves a big fat thumbs down for not bringing it up during the presidential debate last week. But, here's a thumbs up for the Internet fact-checkers that keep our politicians honest. (Well, in a relative sense.)
PolitiFact is my accuracy-scoring site of choice, namely because their Truth-O-Meter uses a rating system ranging from "True" to "Pants On Fire." And, since I'm easily distracted by colored buttons and animated GIFs, you can understand the grip it has on me.
It's there where I learned how Sen. John McCain (N-Diamondbacks) has gone on the offensive again regarding Obama's allegiance in the World Series. McCain told an audience that Obama roots for the Philadelphia Phillies when in Philadelphia and for the Tampa Bay Rays when he's campaigning in Tampa. PolitiFact's Flip-O-Meter rated this Half True, since Obama doesn't necessarily use the phrase "root for" when describing the Rays. After all, they're the team that knocked his beloved Chicago White Sox out of the playoffs in the first round.
John McCain wouldn't do such a thing. He boldly stares at futility with his stoic, battle-tested face. He even name-dropped his beloved Arizona Cardinals in the aforementioned presidential debate and the Arizona Cardinals will never be a good football team (state law). Unlike Obama, McCain knows how to embrace a loser — which is convenient, since that will help him cope with his upcoming election defeat.
At least, McCain will lose if Obama also ditches his hometown Chicago Bears and saddles up to another Pennsylvania team: the Pittsburgh Steelers. On November 3 they have a road game against the Washington Redskins. Not only will this lock down Pennsylvania for him, but a Steelers win over the 'Skins will probably mean an electoral victory as well. See, the Redskins have correctly predicted 17 of the last 18 elections based on their final home game before the election. The way it works is this: if the Redskins win that game, the incumbent party keeps the White House. The exception was in 2004, when Washington lost at home to Green Bay and John Kerry couldn't beat President Bush(there's an explanation for this though, and it's 9/11).
Honest lil' Barack Obama, bringing change to the White House? Sure, more like changing his favorite team! High five, anyone? …No? Okay then…
This brings us to the ultimate bottom-of-the-ninth question: if Obama flip-flops on sports teams, what will he do when Iran, North Korea, Russia, Georgia, and Sudan all challenge us to a game of soccer and he has to pick a team from the US to send abroad? What will he do? What. Will. He. Do.
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