baseball explains everything

THAT DOESN’T BODE WELL FOR DEMOCRATS….Reader D.S. emailed this morning to share a theory linking the two major battles between good and evil that are currently playing out on the national stage:

The Red Sox / Yankees series is a lot like the election, really. You?ve got a formidable but basically evil incumbent machine, that clearly represents big money interests and has zillions of dollars to try to buy victory, which it has been quite successful at doing ever since the mid-90s. You?ve got a challenger from Massachusetts, who fell behind early and has made a variety of missteps that hurt its/his chances. Now, in a series of highly-watched contests on national television, the challenger has managed to climb back into it, though still trailing narrowly.

This might explain the recent election pessmism of some diehard Red Sox fans I know. I say, let’s focus on the good news. The Sox have some mo going into tonight’s Game 6, and–as Ed Kilgore reminds us–at this point in 2000, the polls had Bush up by thirteen points, which was hardly the final tally on Election Day. Chin up.

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Amy Sullivan

Amy Sullivan is a Chicago-based journalist who has written about religion, politics, and culture as a senior editor for Time, National Journal, and Yahoo. She was an editor at the Washington Monthly from 2004 to 2006.