And now… Sport!
Sarah Palin will put her considerable experience as a hockey mom to use this weekend by dropping the puck at Saturday’s Flyers-Rangers game in Philadelphia. Steve Young (not the quarterback) doesn’t hesitate to call a spade a… er… um, a pig a… er, well, nevermind. He doesn’t think it’s a very good idea. Perhaps even the stupidest since the Calgary Flames asked Marshall McLuhan to coach their power-play.
Of all cities, the city of brotherly love:
doesn’t take kindly to any icon, friendly or not, messing with their sports teams. There are still many unrepentant snowball-throwing terrorists residing in Philly. Has [Flyer’s Owner] Snider forgotten Santa Claus being pelted with snowballs at the Eagles game?
Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis thinks it is a bad idea to mix politics and sport like this, as congruous as her hockey mom persona may be with the event. The President may get to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, but he has the electoral votes to back it up. Call it grandstanding or campaign stunt-ery, even in the best possible outcomes, Snider’s move makes little political sense — a twisted Hail Mary (wrong sport I know) of a partisan nature among a crowd that is unlikely to find resonance with it, be they hockey fans or voters or both. Again we are seeing Palin deployed to “look the part.”
When asked what her understanding of the left-wing-lock she replied simply “In what respect?”
Stay tuned for more sport, including my upcoming piece on Brett Favre and John McCain’s intertwined careers.
UPDATE: See enclosed You-tubery. Palin was greeted graciously and warmly. A shower of roses fell around her as the Flyers’ bench spontaneously broke into a barbershop rendition of “Cherry Pie” by Warrant. Then the universe collapsed on itself.