Thursday, August 18, 2011

Might as well watch the Red Sox

There is simply nothing substantial being said by any of the major characters on the American political scene. The Republicans are, as usual, beneath contempt, making dumb statements about climate change, the EPA, and financial stuff. The slavish media cover it all as if there were any content to report on. Meanwhile, Obama is "campaigning", pitting hot air against hot air. We'll have to wait until after Labor Day to hear a major speech (so he bills it) about the economy, as if he and his advisers and speech writers somehow didn't suspect that there has been a problem there.

So, for all the blather, the country (and a lot of the capitalist world) is playing losing economics.

Meanwhile, the Sox of late are playing losing baseball.

But, at least it's not BS. At the end of the game, the team with the most runs wins: I've never heard of Final Score Deniers.  And: you don't have to listen to the opinions of know-nothings (though you can if you are crazy). The views of anyone except, maybe, the managers and a few others, don't hardly matter for beans (Boston baked beans, that is).

So, for American politics, these are the dogsh*t days of summer (extendable indefinitely). Might as well watch the Red Sox (or your favorite home-town team).

1 comment:

  1. I completely agree that following the Sox, even in a losing campaign, will be more gratifying and less frustrating than following conventional politics during the course of an endless and ridiculous campaign. For one thing, given Republican primary voters, a nomination struggle must take on the aura of a cartoon. And yes, the pack media will dutifully report as news (or entertainment) every ludicrous word the candidates or their surrogates utter. We of the left are so marginalized by this process that sports undoubtedly becomes more appealing than politics. Sometimes your team wins. And during rare moments such as 2004 it can become transcendent. Watching Obama mount the podium in Chicago in 2008 didn't come close to the high I felt in October, 2004. Too bad. I actually felt better in 1972, when McGovern won the nomination and lost than I did when Obama actually won. Still, nothing beats defeating the Yankees in seven...

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