Mourning In America

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Thursday, October 21, 2004
A Question of Metaphysics Does the Red Sox' victory over the Yankees tonight, and the associated disruption in the space-time continuum, make a Kerry victory more or less likely?

UPDATE: Jim Caple on makes a nice, subtle-but-unmistakable reference in the lead of his column today:

In hindsight, perhaps it was a mistake for the Yankees to raise a "Mission Accomplished" banner above their dugout after Game 3.

I know it's a bit silly, but I have to think Kerry benefits -- as the rest of the country watches Red Sox Nation celebrate, just like everyone celebrates their teams, New England becomes less foreign, and so does Kerry.

UPDATE 2: Jonathan Alter at Newsweek agrees.

The only thing Americans like more than a winner is an underdog who upsets a winner, especially a scraggly bunch sticking it to the uptown trust-fund crowd. When the Sox were losing and he wasn’t hitting, Johnny Damon looked like one of those longhaired Vietnam War protesters that Kerry used to hang out with. (While the Yankees’ Kevin Brown appeared like a well-scrubbed spokesmen for the Republican National Committee). But after he drove in six runs in Game 7, Damon’s hippie look is cool again—and Bush’s attack on Kerry as a dangerous Northeastern liberal is sounding a bit tinny.

The whole subtext of the Bush campaign is to make “Massachusetts” into a code word for un-American values. That’s harder now, in Red Sox Nation.

And if this election goes into extra innings, like Campaign 2000, remember this: the Red Sox battled back and won this time. It could happen again, in November.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004
Who Owns New York? When it comes to the state's GOP Congressional delegation, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay has a decent claim. Click here for a list of contributions made by DeLay's Political Action Committee to other House members.

In the Empire State, Hudson Valley Rep. Sue Kelly (rumored to be keeping the seat warm for Emily Pataki's electoral debut sometime in the next decade) leads the pack, taking in $12,200 of DeLay's money, although that's nothing alongside New Jersey Rep. Michael Ferguson's $42,403.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Election Wackiness The Arlington, Tex., director of elections needs a hobby:
Elections administrator Robert Parten said Monday that voters sporting Cowboys logos at Arlington polling sites will be told to cover up their allegiance to the team if they want to cast ballots.

He said he ordered the prohibition because of a provision on the Arlington ballot that asks whether taxpayers should help pay for a $650 million Cowboys stadium in their city.