Tag Archives: Politics as Sport

When It Couldn’t Get Worse It Sometimes Does

Sometimes it seems it just couldn’t be happening, one disaster after another – what could go wrong does go wrong, and then something else does, and then something else goes wrong too. Somehow, quite improbably, it all just spirals out … 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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Unforced Errors

Napoleon Bonaparte may have been a short little jerk from Corsica, but for a time he was the most powerful man in the world, back when Western Europe was, effectively, the world. And he rather liked it – he crowned … 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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The Danger of Taking Sports Too Seriously

Maybe it has to do with our obsession with sports. The Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley, is often quoted as saying that “The Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing-fields of Eton” – but he may not have said … Continue reading

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