Friday, November 14, 2003
On the Political Game of Football:
It was a cold day in Green Bay. You see, Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers had just lost a game at Lambeau Field to their arch division rivals, the Chicago Bears. Lombardi was not happy. Anyone who knows football knows that when Lombardi was not happy, nobody was happy.
Legend says Lombardi ripped his team up and down for all the mistakes they had made. Blocking, tackling, running, passing, kicking. He then informed his team they would not be going home that Sunday afternoon. They would, in fact, return to the field for a practice session. They would, he said, break the game down to the basic fundamentals of football. He then climbed onto a bench and, holding aloft a football, stated the following phrase:
“This, gentlemen, is a football.”
Football and politics, are games of momentum. If you make no progress, the defensive team wins the game. It is really that simple. It is my humble opinion that the Democratic Party is playing defensive political football.
If you read, and one can only hope you do, you will find W is making progress. It may not be much, something like averaging 2-3 yards per running play. Unemployment is down. Factory orders are up. First down. Move the chains.
Every now and then, W breaks a big play. 3rd Quarter economic numbers came back the best in 15 years or so. He…could…go…all…the…way!! Touchdown. Do a little dance.
The Dems do get the ball back. The only problem is, when they do, the fumble, bumble, and otherwise screw themselves up. Note Howard Dean. He wants to be the candidate for guys with confederate flags in their pickup windows. Wesley Clark – Even dumb southerners should vote for me.
Unsportsmanlike conduct. 15 yards and loss of down for Dean. Clark – Alienation of constituency. 20 yards.
Keep it up guys. And while you do, just remember, W is going forward. It may be in three and five yard chunks, but he’s in the end zone more than you. As long as that remains constant, be sure to keep your lecture circuit contacts warm.
Here endeth the lesson.