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Link for 1/12 – Palin on Fox (shock!) and some passion in Mass.

Yesterday was a day of news that NO ONE could have seen coming.  To begin with Mark McGwire admitted he took steriods…but only in very low doses and they didn’t make him a better player.  Umm?  Yes, they did.  Sorry Mark, that part of your ‘confession’ really hurts your credibility…not that you had much of it to begin with.  But, shocker as that was, it wasn’t the biggest unexpected story of the day.  Nope.  That honor goes to Sarah Palin and Fox News who, in a marriage too strange for even a made-for-TV movie starring Tori Spelling, have agreed on a contract that will have Palin appearing on the network….oooh what a shocker!

Now, I do not agree with the theories put forth in this article and by others that this move means it is less likely she will run for President in 2012.  If anything, this only makes her a more viable candidate.  Working for Fox is a great chance for her to refine her views on issues/learn about them and stay visible to the American public.  As for it being a multi-year deal…well, I think we all know how reliable Governor Palin (and many in politics are) at fulfilling the full length of their commitments.   In addition, a recent poll of party insiders show that many of them do not do not believe she will be the nominee – in fact, they ranked her 5th out of their five choices, behind such notable names as Haley Barbour and Mitch Daniels in terms of likelihood to win the nomination.  Going on TV on a regular basis (a place where she is very comfortable) is her opportunity to show them that she has the intellectual chops one should have to be a successful elected official and may help more of them get behind her.  Finally, I’m sure this is a very lucrative deal and, since money=power in politics, that can only help her as she launches her campaign.  Sarah Palin will be a candidate in 2012 and this move only helps her become a more viable candidate. 

Switching gears to Massachusetts now, I am happy to report that Scott Brown DOES have an opponent.  In the last week, we have finally seen Martha Coakley out on the trail and showing some passion during the debates.  For a recap of last night’s debate (which Coakley won handily), check out this article.  She was able to clearly articulate differences between Brown and herself and effectively tie him to failed policies of the past.  In a race where Brown is trying so hard to be both conservative and moderate (see Romney, Mitt) she held him accountable for his past stances on issues and refused to let him play both sides.  In addition, she successfully branded him a barrier to progress (he didn’t say he would work to make the healthcare bill better…he said that he would be “proud” to vote against it.)  

Coakley clearly had the best line of the night when she said to Brown “You cant distort my record and not be accurate about your own.”   For his part, Brown had one of the stupidest lines I’ve ever heard in a debate when he said, in response to Coakley comparing him to Bush, “You can run against Bush-Cheney, but I’m Scott Brown. I live in Wrentham. I drive a truck.”  Couple of problems with this line.  To begin with, she can’t run against Bush – Cheney…they are not running for anything.  She is running against you, Mr. Brown, and your policies do resemble those of Bush.  In addition, I have a piece of advice for you…if you are trying to distance yourself from President Bush, you might want to do your research about what kind of car he drives…  oops

Link for 8/27/09

And now for something completely different…

While I would be the first to say that more can and should be written about Senator Kennedy and health care, the title of this blog is “sporty politics” and I realize I have been neglecting the sports side.  So, I aim to fix that with today’s link of the day

The steroids issue in baseball just won’t go away and has been a real embarrassment for the league.  And now word comes that that infamous list of cheaters was seized illegally and should be destroyed.  Of course that won’t help the players like A-Rod or Papi who, fairly or unfairly, appear on the list and had that information leaked to the public.  A shameful turn to this story that just keeps getting worse and worse.  Public perception is that whoever is on the list MUST have tested positive, but in reality a number of those players were named because of inconclusive test results.  That could end up being a positive.  That could end up being a negative.  Either way, it is not fair for these players to face the wrath of fans and loss of money because of an illegal leak.   I’ll tell you what they should do…find the person/people who are leaking these names and throw them in jail.

I feel like everything about this whole experience has been a farce.  I mean, as much as I respect George Mitchell, his report was as pathetic as the Warren Report.   I propose the next time we set up a commission, let’s try to take a lesson from the 9/11 Commission and use facts in coming up with our conclusions.  This way we can actually believe that a commission’s report has some semblance of being the definitive word on something.  Wouldn’t that be nice.  How you miss the BIGGEST names in baseball having tested “positive” is beyond me…especially WHEN THEY WERE ON A LIST!!!  For the sake of the Middle East, let’s hope he is a better negotiator than investigator.