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Red Sox win World Series Featured
Conservatives are praising the Boston Red Sox--the newly crowned baseball champions. Fox News promises fair and balanced coverage throughout the day. Fox and Friends will feature Series MVP John Lackey while Sean Hannity will have an hour-long interview with Terry Francona, who will explain how his conservative values helped him lead the team to ultimate success.
House leaders John Boehner, Eric Cantor, and Paul Ryan held a press conference to ask "Democrats to put aside their petty partisan sniping and join us all as part of Red Sox Nation." When the results were announced at the Republican Presidential Debate several candidates had responses. Rick Perry stated that "the Boston team used the same strategy I employed to create nearly a million jobs in Texas." Ron Paul said he congratulated the new champions "but the game won't really be fair until it eliminates umpires." Herman Cain told the audience that baseball is America's Pastime because it "features 9 players versus 9 players for 9 innings." Mitt Romney promised to appoint Theo Epstein "Job Czar in a Romney administration." John Huntsman started to speak: "But St. Louis and Texas . . ." However he was quickly drowned out by booing and several cries of "un-American" and "Rino" from the mostly Tea Party crowd.
The unfortunate truth of politics is that many in the GOP no longer hold positions--they have beliefs that they cling to no matter how much evidence there is to the contrary.
Conservatives continue to deny climate change despite new research by a scientist who was prominent because of his previous skepticism.
Most Republican politicians and even some conservative economists continue to proclaim the virtues of fiscal austerity and a balanced-budget amendment. This despite the honesty of such long-time party leaders as Bruce Bartlett, who calls such ideas "political theater."
Of course most of the electorate knows that the Red Sox didn't win this year. Polls show that close to 2/3 of the public support Democratic positions. Yet only about half ever support Democratic candidates. Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg says he had found that most voters don't trust Democrats to be any more representative than Republicans.
I believe the "money and power" that the average voter decries is truly a Siren's song. People go to Washington, even those with the best intentions, and become seduced by the influence of the 1%. The only solution I see is a Ulysses' contract. Thus my two-way pledge.
I am not foolish enough to think that I can single-handedly solve our political problems. But I do think both parties telling people that the Red Sox didn't win is a good place to start.