Monday, October 20, 2008

Political Pandering World Series Style

Photo: AP

Last week, Bugs & Cranks Rays writer David Chalk noted that “Palin Is A Two-Timing Whore” for her pandering to both Red Sox and Rays fans in the heat of the ALCS.

Well, not to be outdone, the Democrat presidential nominee has done some baseball-infused political wordsmithing of his own. Ever the cunning linguist, Sen. Obama stopped short of contradicting himself by offering a very cleaver/deceptive non-endorsement to the Rays. Call it, "wealth redistribution."

From Politico:

Obama, a self-avowed Chicago White Sox fan, declared his allegiance earlier this month for the Rays’ National League opponent in baseball’s championship, the Philadelphia Phillies. On Oct. 11, Obama told a crowd in the City of Brotherly Love – the biggest city on the key swing state of Pennsylvania: “My White Sox are gone, so I’ll go ahead and root for the Phillies now.”

Yet in Tampa Monday afternoon, where he was introduced by Rays’ players Fernando Perez and David Price, Obama also seemed to express support for the Rays, telling the crowd that he had just met with several members of the team
backstage.

"I have said from the beginning that I'm a unity candidate, bringing people together. So when you see a White Sox fan showing some love for the Rays and the Rays showing some love back, you know we're onto something here,” Obama said.

That doesn't mean, though, that BO is rooting for the Rays, says Obama spokesman Bill Burton: “He said nice things about the members of the team who came to support him today, but that doesn’t change his feelings about the fact that they bounced his White Sox out of the playoffs,” Burton said, adding that Obama would root for the Phillies. “He’s a unity candidate and it is going to be a great series.”

1 comment:

Pro-Hat Party said...

i can't wait to vote for Barack Obama!