Friday, August 01, 2008

Wall Street Journal Compares Politics to Tennis

By now, most of you know I'm a delegate to the Democratic national convention so I'm following the 2008 presidential election with a microscope.

Imagine my pleasure when I read this passage from an article entitled Is John McCain Stupid?

In this sports-crazed country, everyone has learned a lot about what it takes to win. They've heard and seen it proven repeatedly that to achieve greatness, to win the big one, an athlete has to be ready to "put in the work."

John McCain isn't doing that, yet. He's competing as if he expects the other side to lose it for him. Sen. McCain is a famously undisciplined politician. Someone in the McCain circle had better do some straight talking to the candidate. He's not some 19-year-old tennis player who's going to win the U.S. presidential Open on raw talent and the other guy's errors. He's not that good.

Now if only someone could create the cartoon of Barack Obama and John McCain battling it out on the tennis court.


Michael said...

Tom Toles would be an ideal candidate for such a cartoon, but I guess he finds Star Wars funnier today than tennis.

It's true that Obama is working hard, covering the whole court, and building a lead in polls while McCain is floundering. But in politics, a huge lead early doesn't matter (it didn't in 2004) IF you can finish strong, for which McCain is famous. The IF is a big IF.

I guess in an odd sense it's like tennis: whoever wins the last point wins the match.

Craig Hickman said...

Well stated, Michael.

I love Tom Toles.

I'm hoping the growing numbers of closet Obamacans come out on November 4th to put Barack over the top.

Craig Hickman said...

Oh, yeah, and 2004 was yet another stolen presidential election.