The Sport of Politics

“The problem is politics is made a sport, almost as much a sport as football or baseball… Too often are we rooting for the pride of a team rather than the good of the nation.”

― Criss Jami

In American politics every four years, citizens of the many states vote in political primaries. When the primary season in all the states ends, the candidates – based on how many votes they garner – will have won delegates to the national conventions who then select their party’s presidential nominee. And then comes the general election where everyone will vote for one or the other party’s candidate to be the next president.

And the Republican National Convention convenes today.

Who will they select?

If you think about it, the comparison to sports is a really good analogy – primaries are the games played, where enough wins takes you to the title game (the party convention), and then the winner of each league (party) faces the other’s in the ultimate game, the World Series/Super Bowl (general election) to decide the national champion (president). 

And then there are those fans (party members), the die-hard fanatics, who will support their chosen league (party), even if their favorite team (candidate) didn’t make it to the Big Game, even if the other league’s (party’s) team (candidate) is obviously the better and deserves to win.

Such loyalty in sports can be amusing. 

In political elections, it can be pathetically tragic.

– Bill


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