Barack Obama is on his way to enemy territory this morning by his own admission. He is going to Tampa. What does Obama have against Tampa, you ask? Well, with the Tampa Bay Rays on their way to their first World Series in franchise history, Obama has declared his support for the opposition. Last weekend in Philadelphia, Obama told a crowd, "I am a White Sox fan," he said, "but since the White Sox are out of it, I'll root for the Phillies now." So Obama is rooting "for" the Phillies, which means, if he maintains any modicum of consistency, "against" the Rays, a team filled with young, hopeful, no-name players. Did Obama root for the Empire in "Star Wars?"I've long been on record as being against politicians pandering to baseball fans. We're smarter than that folks! We see what you're doing! But even worse than a straight pander -- which Obama's statements about the Phillies clearly were -- would be committing a flip-flop pander by going rah-rah on the Rays.
Indeed, given that the Rays eliminated his rooting interest, offering anything other than a cool, polite congratulations to the Rays during his Tampa stop would the most egregiously horrible act an American politician has perpetrated vis-a-vis sports since Nixon fixed the '69 World Series.