Friday, October 03, 2008

Annoying Sports Analogy

The current debate is shaping up as follows:

A: Palin isn't qualified to be president.
B: Why not?
A: Reasons x, y, & z.
B: Well, x might be a good reason, by y is pretty weak, and z is a ridiculous reason.
A: No it's not, it's a perfectly obvious good reason!
And so on.

This is all going to lead to actual deep things for me eventually, because I really am relooking at the questions of what a president does, how important each aspect is, and how much we can measure in advance. Good stuff. But I've just started and my head already hurst, so I'm going to make a sports analogy that seems quite illuminating to me, but probably has little actual value.

The presidency is one of those jobs that a lot of people have watched being performed and have strong opinions about, but few people have done it or anything much like it. I decided that NFL quarterback is a good equivalent. Commentators and fans all talk about what quarterbacks are good and why, and seem to know a lot about what play-calling and leadership skills the QB should be showing, but the number of people who have actually done it well is small. And many of those can't describe what they do all that well. Terry Bradshaw, for example, is entertaining but not enlightening on the subject.

John McCain and Joe Biden are both career backup quarterbacks. McCain has actually come in for an injured George Bush in the Iraq playoffs and done well, but neither has actually ever had much playing time.

Sarah Palin is a college QB from a mid-major who racked up some big numbers and brought her team to a surprise bowl win, but people worry about the level of competition she faced and whether she can adjust to the next level.

Barack Obama is a second year player from a big Division I school that had a mediocre record his senior year. He has never played in a big game. He had some great numbers against weak opponents at times, and looked pretty good in others. He's had a year to learn the system.

You're the coach. Who're you planning on starting this year? Ignore for the moment that Biden and Palin are both actually being considered for a backup position.

I think three of the four choices are defensible, but all four could plausibly be a disaster.

You can also have fun deciding which type of QB each of them is: scrambler, game-manager, high-touchdown/high-interception, plucky leader.

1 comment:

OBloodyHell said...

To repeat a point I've made in multiple places -- I don't think that you really need to analyze McCain overmuch for the simple reason of the things who he is up against stand for --

Why would anyone, particulaly true conservatives whose name has been so misused, endorse this administration’s designated successor?

Because, while one can readily take issue with this admin’s ELECTED successor, taking him to task for many things, and thus not be happy voting FOR him, it is quite evident to even an utter FOOL that one can certainly find necessary, and sufficient, cause to vote AGAINST his opposition.

A voting history which totally follows the party line (despite being supposedly against the ’status quo’), a history of highly questionable associations (Rezko, Ayers, Wright, and many more), a complete lack of even the most trivial actual executive experience, and the self-evident fact that the ONLY reason he’s even being considered AT ALL is for the inherently RACIST reason of his skin color.

Blatantly socialist attitudes, an imbecilic failure to grasp the limits of “alternative” energy technologies, an unwillingness to push nuclear technologies for energy, complete ignorance of the folderol behind “Anthropogenic Global Warming”, open support for the reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, an incapability of understanding the limits of Soft Power, failure to grasp the manner in which prices are set in his continued rejection of offshore drilling, rejection of the option of using Oil Shales and Tar Sands for oil development.

All of those constitute ample reason to vote AGAINST Obama no matter how weak one’s support for McCain is. As a matter of fact, they highlight just how INEPT and INCOMPETENT Obama would be as PotUS — to the point where an Obama presidency will make the presidency of Jimmy Carter look positively Reaganesque.

So — Yeah, anyone not suffering from an incredibly bad case of Cranio-Rectal Insertion Syndrome would grasp just why one needs to support and vote for McCain.


In short, I'll worry about McCain's shortcomings WHEN AND IF he becomes PotUS.

Until then I'm going to focus on the alternatives which are so self-evidently more serious that it's not even vaguely comparable. McCain does not stand for many things I stand for -- but Obama stands AGAINST almost everything I stand for.

Why is there even any question?