Politics & Baseball

One of the problems for John McCain is…baseball. In the past two weeks, the economic crisis has moved undecided voters towards Barack Obama. McCain has one month to pull those voters back to undecided and then win them over. It is a tall order under any circumstance. But, it is especially difficult because in three key swing states – Florida, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire – all eyes are on baseball.

The playoffs feature the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Boston Red Sox. (In New England, the Red Sox are everybody’s team and New Hampshire relies on Boston television stations for news.) Team Obama would love to see a Tampa Bay-Boston final in the American League and the Phillies make it to the finals in the National League. In the other match-up, Obama has locked up both California and Illinois so it doesn’t matter whether the Cubs or the Dodgers win. Obama is a Cubs’ fan, so he can cheer for his team without fear of political fallout.

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McCain needs a game-changer. He needs voters in suburban Philadelphia, southern New Hampshire and the I-4 corridor in Florida to give him a second look. But for many Americans, the games that will dominate the local news are being played on the baseball diamond.

Michael Sean Winters

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9 years ago
Barack Obama is a long-time, proud, Chicago WHITE SOX fan. He is not a Cubs fan.
9 years ago
And.....the Tampa Bay Rays are no longer ''Devil Rays.'' How appropriate that they should make the playoffs after turning away from the ''devil.'' Unfortunately, not only did the Cleveland Indians fail to repeat their success of last season, but the Browns and OSU Buckeyes haven't showed any inclination to turn the important Ohio voters' attention away from the news and toward the sports!
9 years ago
I thought Obama was a White Sox fan? Either way, the teams from Chicago will not advance to their respective League Championship Series. Which doesn't make a difference - Illinois is for Obama. And Pennsylvania is pretty well locked up for Obama, too. This state hasn't voted for a GOP nominee in a long time . . . A Phillies World Series victory and an Obama election would make the Philly fans go wild!
9 years ago
One of the problems for Michael Sean Winters is...veracity. It is difficult to make so many factual errors in three short paragraphs, but Mr. Winters succeeds. Obama a Cubs fan? Devil Rays? I'm sorry, Mr. Winters, but the Red Sox are not ''everybody's team'' in New England. This may be a small post, but it points to a larger disorder: the state of Winters' thinking.

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