Friday, January 15, 2010

Politics, Journalism, Football

You may remember the considerable amount of controversy generated by Bill Belichick's decision to go for it on 4th and 2 against the Colts. Politically speaking, Barack Obama's decision to visit Massachusetts to campaign for Martha Coakley is pretty much the same thing. He'd really rather not, but it's the only way he sees to win the game.

Sports commentary debated Belichick's reading of the percentages. Political commentary is more simple-minded. Obama's decision is seen as risky because now he'll get some of the blame if Coakley loses.

Presidents always get blamed for everything, at least, the 11 I've lived under have. It's one reason it -- like being a pro football coach, is kind of a sucky job.

At least Obama has his own helicopter. More than Belichick can say.


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