Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pitbulls without the Lipstick

As some of you may already know, Republican Vice Presidential Candidate and Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin will drop the ceremonial first puck tonight in Philadelphia before the Rangers-Flyers game. And like with just about everything else with Governor Palin, the response to this news has been measured, muted, and most of all very reasonable.

Our old friend Larry Brooks is in a lather over this because Flyers Owner Ed Snider's Republican leanings were not disclosed when this event was originally announced and claims that this event will be some sort of political rally for the McCain/Palin ticket. Even Ted Leonsis agrees with Larry Brooks on this one saying that "I don’t think it is a good idea to mix politics and sports."

Well, we've been to a few political rallies in our day and we can assure you that this is going to be one of the shortest and lamest political pep rally in the history of political pep rallies. Governor Palin will have a full minute, maybe two, of ice time in the public eye as she walks out, waves to the crowd, drops the puck, shakes hands with both captains, smiles for a photograph, waves again, and walks back off the ice.

She will not give a stump speech to the assembled crowd and anything she does say into a microphone will only be heard by the Greatest Sports Fans in the History of the World after they sober up and watch TV and/or listen to the radio later. Furthermore, none of the people in attendance tonight will be donating $$$$$ to the McCain/Palin campaign for the privilege of seeing Gov. Palin spend that one-two minutes in the limelight.

So what's the problem here? Well we happen to know the answer which is why we're here. First of all, before anybody squawks, yes, we're no fans of the Obamessiah and his devine ticket and in the interest of full disclosure; we are not too much higher on Senator McCain either. We are however very impressed with Governor Palin and do believe that she will one day be President of the United States barring a "Girls Gone Wild" photo surfacing (which would have surfaced by now anyway considering the incredible scrutiny she's been under).

The problem is that as Puck Daddy has shown us is that Liberal Hockey Moms and Liberal hockey fans have taken great pains to make sure that everybody knows that they do not under any circumstance accept Gov. Palin as a compatriot. And in fairness to the offended hockey masses, they are not alone in disowning her. She's long been noted for looking like a "Naughty Librarian" which is why I saw a "Librarians Against Palin" Bumper Sticker recently. Hades, the woman has been practically kicked out of sisterhood altogether because she isn't a fellow Liberal.

We mean come on, can't you see why she is such a detestable character and an embarrassment? She's had the audacity to have five children, including one with down syndrome when every Liberal knows that you maybe adopt a child and if you do decide to have one of your own, you immediately abort any that will become what some consider to be an "undue burden." She likes to hunt, fish, and do other things that are murder on your skin, hair, and nails. She also went out and built a political career on her own, taking down the old boy network that was hard at work against her. She didn't ride the coattails of her husband up the ladder of success as all great women in politics do.

But seriously folks, we don't see a difference between what will happen tonight and what happens at sports arenas around the country when a politician either already in office or running for office shows up to make what amounts to a novelty appearance. As a matter of fact, this town specializes in them. Presidents have long thrown out the first pitch in Washington, D.C. to get the baseball season underway, even in campaign years. And of course, fans have booed said politicians of all stripes at these venues. We were at a Bowie Baysox Game once when Bob Ehrlich threw out the first pitch during his campaign for Maryland Governor in 2002 against Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. Nobody cared to complain about the "mixing of politics and sports" that night either and as a matter of fact, politicians are a fixture at various sporting events inside and outside of Washington, D.C. constantly showing up in the various owners boxes. If we're offended by politicians ans showing up at sporting events now, will we next target the lame bets that city Mayors make all the time between each other over a sporting event involving their cities?

This isn't a big deal and the fact that people are laying odds on various "potential occurrences" is beyond absurd. Was there a line on President Bush "throwing a strike" on the return to baseball in Washington, D.C. back in 2005? If there was, the people who placed a bet on that and Sarah Palin "running off in tears" need to seek help professional help immediately.

What this really is folks is our friends on the left showing once again how they as assiduously uphold the principles of tolerance and diversity for all which is what they're all about.

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