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Sports, Politics and Magical Thinking

Or why I'm not rooting for the Giants to win the World Series.

I want to. I want to so much. It will mean so much to my City and lots of my friends, including my buddy Ivan. The joy will be amazing. I remember 2 years ago when I was walking down 18th from Castro Street during the last game and it was one of those true moments when you really feel part of a community. Just incredible. The town went nuts....

And the next day was Election Day 2010. There were some bright spots here in California (JERRY BROWN!) and there in New York (Andrew Cuomo!) but as a whole it was a DISASTER for the Democratic party, for the country and the President's agenda. Just an absolutely horrific nightmare of repulsive gloating wing-nuts for DAYS.

I've had this magical thinking problem where I correlate sports and politics, going at least back to to 1992, when I felt like Bill Clinton was magically connected to the Niners. When they won a game, he'd win primary and then in general, he'd have a good polling day when they won.

Now let's be clear about this: I know this is insane. I know there's absolutely no connection. BUT I feel like there is. FWIW, I also feel like we're going to lose the election anyway. If I had to believe the polls when the wing-nuts were saying they were all wrong and skewed for Obama, then I have to believe them now and something really horrible is happening out there. I refuse to buy into the Obama=Carter meme, because I don't think Jimmy Carter was in any way a bad president (just an unlucky one) and I think Barack Obama is an AMAZING one.

Barring the most incredible October Surprise ever, the magic just isn't there this year. There's too much Republican voter suppression in too many states. Racism. Homophobia. Islamophobia. Economic Anxiety. The scummy, evil, tea-bagging, Breitbart-worshipping bastards are playing the game too well. And Romney is the perfect front man because there are still people who should know better saying-IT WON'T BE SO BAD. Yes, it will, it will be worse for women and minorities anyone who isn't Rich, Straight and White than you can ever believe.

So, if I'm sure this disaster is fore-ordained anyway, why am I taking it out on the poor San Francisco Giants?

Because I can't help myself. I just know that if the Giants win the series, then Obama will definitely lose the election.

I want to be wrong so badly. (And I am someone who LIVES to be right.) I want every single one of you to be able to PM me on November 7, when the Giants are the World Champions AND President Obama has been re-elected, and say: I TOLD YOU SO!!!!

Right now, I just don't believe it will happen.


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Oct. 24th, 2012 08:11 am (UTC)
I'm trying to comfort myself by keeping an eye on the betting odds, which still have Obama as a clear favourite. Betting odds in elections are correct far more often than any of the polls. And I need something to comfort me, because the entire world is screwed if Romney wins, just as it was when George W. got in.

(I'm not even that big a fan of Obama's foreign policy -- but at the very least, it's foreign policy overseen by someone with a brain and a conscience. Have not seen much evidence that Romney has either.)
Oct. 24th, 2012 08:55 am (UTC)
Hey, there are a lot worse things than magical thinking. Whatever gets you through.

Me, I'm still clinging to hope. I guess I just can't handle anything else right now. It's going to be a close race, in any case. (And please, Mittens, keep putting your foot in your mouth.)

Maybe this will make you feel a little bit better :) (It was fun making it, anyhow.)
Oct. 24th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
I am ridiculously proud to be from the bay area but I never did give a rat's ass about baseball. The only way you would get me to even go to a game is if a really hot guy asked me.
Oct. 24th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
*hugs you*

I am still trying to get over that Republican idjit who said that if a woman is raped and gets pregnant, then 'It's God's Will'. WTFBBQ!!!
Oct. 25th, 2012 03:26 am (UTC)
I think we're gonna win.
I don't know shit about baseball, just a little from KO.
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