Topic: "Big Time Sports" (3)
Frodo has been considering the similarities between sports and politics. This came to mind when he realized that, for the first time, a political candidate is a walking advertisement for a major college sports presence. If all other factors were equal, given the predisposition to college football in the American South, it would seem quite likely that all of the popular vote in and around Tuscaloosa, Alabama, would go to Senator O'Bama! Of course, there would also probably be a great deal of resistance to his candidacy in and around the plains of Auburn.
Mitt Romney had to have been a cheerleader. Frodo delights in making mockery of Romney's multitudinous positions on the same issues, depending only to whom he is speaking. Frodo's best impersonation of Mitt is when he stands, hands on hips, and begins to chant "Lean to the left, Lean to the right, stand up, sit down, fight, fight, fight!"
The "cuts" are already beginning from the try-outs for the Presidency. Tommy Thompson has acknowledged a lack of traction in his campaign, as have Duncan Hunter and Ron Paul on the Republican side of the ledger. Democrat Mike Gravel is increasingly less visible; which means that he is almost invisible. For these players there is no "Junior Varsity" to snap them up and develop them for the next political season.
Football coaches spend countless hours examining video of practices, previous games by their opponents, and reviews of their own just concluded games. This allows the development of "stragedy," and a "game plan" so that "victory" is assured. That does sound a little bit like a speech by a football coach who hasn't won a single game, or a failed President, doesn't it? Frodo has developed an acronym for the political party which constantly seems to foster this approach to the future. He calls them the "GIP."
The "Good Ideas Party (GIP)" gave you the "domino theory," when they told you that if you didn't confront Communism in one country, then you were bound to observe all their neighbors falling like dominos. The GIP advocates tell you that single-payer universal healthcare is "socialized medicine," and that you should put your faith in private insurance, although that has never even been tried anywhere ever before. Hey, it's a "good idea," isn't it? And what about bringing "freedom" to the Middle East, hasn't that been really been another GIP?
What concerns Frodo the most about all of this is that our team is now facing a very severe challenge from an undisciplined, small cadre of dedicated athletes. They have no money, few places to practice, and none of the equipment we have, but they are beating us up and down the field. They win because they have better coaching.