Politics as Football

Terry Mitchell uses a sports analogy to illustrate Hillary Clinton’s bid to count the Florida and Michigan delegates:

Suppose that the Dallas Cowboys play the Houston Texans in an exhibition game next August and the Texans win. Then suppose that the Texans subsequently appeal to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to have the game counted in the regular season standings. How fair would that be?

This isn’t a completely accurate illustration, in that the Cowboys were at least on the playing field in the example.

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  1. DL says:

    I like the football analogy, except in real life Hillary would have paid off the refs and had a fan shoot the other teams players who threatened to make a TD while announcng to the world that she didn’t even know the culprit was on her payroll, because George Bush probably put them there to embarass her. Oh yes – the football would always be made in China.

  2. Michael says:

    Don’t forget that the Texans would tell everybody that they are the most “winnable” in the super bowl, and claim that the Cowboys’ victory over the Patriots was “insignificant” because most of that team’s players were black, or white, or football players.