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Ladies and Gentlemen,

I give you, the awful central truth of American politics.


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May. 13th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
That and the "I believe in evolution" thing at the GOP debate just took him out of the race. McCain is pretty much gone as well with all the stunts he's pulled in the past few months.
May. 13th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
I dunno. I can live with "sports metaphors will burn you", really.
May. 14th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
I do think it is important to know who is on which team, lest you give the ball to the wrong player by, oh say, declaring war on the wrong country.
May. 14th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
the capacity of lambeau field is about 2/3 of the population of green bay, and they have to put babies on the packers season ticket list before they're baptized, so they'll have a shot at having tickets someday.

i'm not saying you have to know everything about every city you visit, but you have to know something. and if you're in green bay, "something" is brett favre and the packers....

(fwiw, i was in green bay last month. the fact that the place can support an NFL franchise is insane. those are some rabid fans.....)
May. 14th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
Really, any metaphor can burn you if you give it in the wrong crowd. From a Politics 101 perspective, you tailor your delivery to your audience, even if you keep your message constant. Running afoul of sports fans may seem like a bizarre pitfall of having a standard stump speech that you trot out for all occasions, but I think that most instances of the general case are going to sound bizarre to most people.

Case N+1: A candidate gives his stump speech at MIT and uses some metaphor glorifying Harvard. For most values of "someone", I predict a solid round of hissing and razzing from the crowd. That candidate would suffer some embarassment because his/her staff failed to do their homework, and all of the Ivy League student newspapers would run little stories saying how cute we are that we hiss when Harvard is mentioned. There but for the grace of the primary schedule, and of the widely-held assumption that our state will vote Democratic in the general election, go we.

Full disclosure: I have a Cheesehead on a shelf near my computer.
May. 14th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
it's horrible and amusing at the same time. so who's left? Romney and Guiliani (i can't spell today)? what about "the other side"? I'm afraid no one really inspires me. What did McCain do in the past few months? - haven't heard anything
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