Thursday, October 16, 2008

Palin the Panderer

Maybe you love Sarah Palin. Maybe you don't. As I said in a comment this morning, ShysterBall is a big tent, and no matter what you think about politics, you're welcome here.

But one thing I won't tolerate is transparent and pandering sports bigamy. Here's Sarah Palin in Flordia last week:

“How about those Tampa Bay Rays?” Ms. Palin said after the Rays defeated the
Chicago White Sox. “You know what that tells me? It tells me that the
people in this area know a little something about turning an underdog into a
Here's Sarah Palin in Salem, New Hampshire yesterday:

Ms. Palin visited Salem, N.H. Wednesday night and said she looked forward to
watching Senator John McCain debate Senator Barack Obama “right here, in the
heart of Red Sox Nation.” Ms. Palin said that “Red Sox fans know how to turn an
underdog into a victor.”

As the Times notes, "Ms. Palin is scheduled to visit eastern Pennsylvania later this week."

Can't wait to hear what she says in Angryville.


Keith Law said...

Meh. She's not claiming to be a fan of both teams (or either one). I think it's pretty common for speechwriters to try to work references like that into political speeches.

For a pol to say s/he is pulling for multiple teams would definitely be pandering. This just looks like bad speechwriting to me.

Craig Calcaterra said...

Fair enough. She had best be careful, though, because it's easier to get out of saying almost anything about politics than it is to get out of stepping in it with sports fans.

matt said...

Maybe she can see England from Eastern PA. That would be a neat trick.

aleskel said...

I don't know why, but reading that headline got Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer" stuck in my head.

The Common Man said...

"I'm so happy to be here in Philadelphia today. You know, aside from Rob Neyer, no one from ESPN gave the Phillies a chance in to beat the Dodgers. But just like them, John McCain and I will be the mavericky underdogs who beat the stylish flavor-of-the-month Dodgers." Philly fans still might boo her though.

bigcatasroma said...

Like I said earlier, Craig, there is still some seats on the Phillies bandwagon. But not for Ms. Palin. Taken.

Sara K said...

She'll probably tip Victorino as her foreign policy advisor, given that his Hawaii background makes him qualified on US-Asia relations.

Mr. Thursday said...

She already watched a Phils game or two at a lousy downtown bar here in Philly. Didn't work out well, though, as last week she got booed all to hell at a Flyers game.

Pete Toms said...

I love the photos of her with guns.