The Critical 'I'

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Saturday, January 24, 2004

reps dems
Do you want a President that can lace 'em up and dish it out? Then your man is Democratic hopeful John Kerry, who played in a celebrity hockey game today with, among others, Boston Bruins alumni.

Finally, a candidate is framing his campaign in a sports context! And a real, non-mechanized sport, too; none of this NASCAR dads crap. That's all I needed, now I know where my vote's going! After all, I'm a big hockey fan, Kerry's a big hockey fan--makes sense, right? Even if he is a fan of the damned Bruins (could be worse, he could have been a Canadiens fan).

Not that it's a sure thing, but assuming Kerry does take the Democratic nomination, we'll have a choice between two candidates who have pretty high-falutin' sports backgrounds. We all know that George W. Bush is a former owner of baseball's Texas Rangers, of course, and that background has been noted during his recent call for steroid banning.

Could the 2004 Presidential election transform into a referendum between the all-American pasttime versus the icey game with a shady Canadian pedigree? Will Bush and Kerry consume debate time arguing over whether the designated hitter or touch-up icing is the dumber rule? Will the upcoming movie Miracle, about the 1980 U.S. hockey team's gold-medal march through the Olympics, be construed as pro-Kerry propaganda?

Eh, probably not. I suppose there are more important issues in the political arena. Take it from me, a poli-sci major. But it'd sure be fun.