Category Archives: Politics as Sport

Deciding Which Game to Win

Many see politics as a grand game – a sport of sorts. Reporters handicap candidates – the word they actually use – and talk about who will win the Horse Race. And in campaigns, and particularity in debates, it’s all … Continue reading

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Trust Me

It’s the silly season. NBC and its various dedicated cable networks are showing almost every Olympic event from London – from sports you know well, like basketball and soccer and tennis, and all the track and field stuff and gymnastics … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Warning to Stop Playing Games

Sports are pretty basic. The ancient Greeks provided the basic model for them all. You ran faster than anyone else, or you threw something a greater distance that anyone else, or one-on-one, you beat and tossed the other guy around … Continue reading

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When Winning Isn’t the Achievement

Sometimes it’s helpful to make distinctions when everyone has the habit of lumping two quite different things together. The midterm elections are over and Democrats have lost the House – they got wiped out – and healthcare reform is getting … Continue reading

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Our Days of Win-At-Any-Cost Sociopaths

August Sundays are a bother. It will be good when the NFL season starts and the day is given over to watching crazed giant mutants on steroids smash into each other. And there is a bit of sweet justice that … Continue reading

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On Ignoring Ominous Background Noise

Do you remember Gary Hart and Monkey Business? No? Well that’s okay – what seems important one day will be trivia soon enough. In a year will anyone remember anything about Rod Blagojevich – and what that led to? Wasn’t … Continue reading

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What to Say When the Team Loses

The government makes and enacts policies that effect us all – at the local level with zoning laws and deciding to provide police services in a certain manner and not another, and your local school board might keep your kid … Continue reading

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