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Tag: Blue Dogs

Feb.
5th

Rah! Rah! Rah! Health care diehards and football metaphors

The impending demise of Obamacare has created a weird combination – liberal journalists and football metaphors. Throughout cyberspace, and in print and broadcast journalism, we hear cries for Democrats to dig down into their guts and “go for the touchdown.” In blogs, there is strident condemnation of “punting” in the red zone. “You don’t punt when you’re on the one yard line,” one columnist insisted. Our president agrees. “Health care is on the five yard line,” Obama implores the liberal base. “We’ve got to punch it through!”

I have previously discussed football-hating liberals. For the record, they are a minority among liberals, but they’re out there. At the University of Washington Tacoma (where I’m privileged to teach), there are individuals who don’t know what the Apple Cup is. At UW Seattle, a few honestly believe there is increased male violence against women on Superbowl Sunday. Last fall, UW’s AAUP line hosted an email chat about the “environmental impact” and “sustainability” of Husky home football games….

Sorry, I digress. Back to the football field, but with some metaphors that actually make sense.

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