Why Politicians Shouldn’t Talk About Sports
It wasn’t the most important moment in the Republican debate marathon Saturday night and Sunday morning but it did hit one of my pet peeves. One of the ways that politicians pretend to be normal guys is to talk about sports. So when Diane Sawyer asked the candidates what they would be doing if they weren’t debating, well, the lies started flowing:
Newt Gingrich piped up: “I’d be watching the college championship basketball game.”
His opponents quickly piled on the corrections: Obviously what the ex-Speaker meant was the college football championship game. Rick Santorum said he and his family would be “huddled around” and watching the game on their Saturday night.” Afraid it’s football. I love it,” Mitt Romney chimed in, smugly.
The BCS Championship Game is Monday night.
I don’t even follow college football and I knew when the championship game was! It’s interesting fact that none of the last three presidents would have made this mistake. But you know what, it doesn’t matter whether they knew when the championship game. I’m happy if they are thinking about more important things. What is irritating is that Gingrich, Santorum, and Romney pretended to know and fell over each other trying to one up each other on their sports knowledge and this does say something about who they are.Click here for reuse options!
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