Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Basketball And Politics: It's Only But A Game UPDATE: GINGRICH SAYS WILL NOT BE ON ROMNEY TEAM


DOVER, Del. – Newt Gingrich said on Thursday he would “probably not” accept a Cabinet position under a Mitt Romney administration but would be happy to advise the former Massachusetts governor on policy.
Asked the question in an interview with local radio station WILM at the Hollywood Diner, Gingrich, one of three contenders left in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, said he wouldn’t be interested in joining likely nominee Romney’s Cabinet, but added—“not because I am opposed to Mitt.”
“Look, if the choice does end up being Romney versus [President] Obama, I can be very, very enthusiastic for Romney; that is a huge choice,” the former House speaker said. “But I had a very good life doing a lot of fun things: I’m a grandfather, I’ve got two grandchildren I want to spend time with, Callista has got me into being a really bad golfer. I would like to move up from bad to mediocre.”
That doesn’t mean Gingrich wants to disappear completely. He said he would be “very happy to be an adviser. I did a lot of that in the Bush administration, both on health care and national security, and I put in thousands of hours just offering strategic advice and looking at specific programs.”    [http://nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/gingrich-probably-won-t-take-romney-administration-job-20120412]



Once you have learned the correlation between basketball and politics you will have mastered one of life's complicated mysteries... and will be the better for it.  

Many a die-hard basketball fan believes in playing hard... and playing to win.  This same rule can also be applied to many staunch political supporters who pick their candidates early and are committed to fight to the end for a victory.

That explains why so many voters are disappointed and seething following this past weekend's semi-concession by Newt Gingrich.  

During a recent FoxNews interview, Speaker Newt Gingrich all-but conceded the GOP nomination to Governor Mitt Romney and agreed to forge an alliance with him... to let by-gones be by-gones, and call a truce from the war of words that has inundated the airwaves for the past several months.  


Regarded as one of the star players in the GOP field, Gingrich––who is by far the most intellectually superior of all candidates running in this year's primary–– has said to his fans repeatedly that he was in the 'game' all the way through the Convention in Tampa. 

So... needless to say it caught many by surprise when he appeared to concede, and saying he would throw his support behind the front-runner if Romney secured the required delegates for the nomination?  What?!?!? 

As mean, negative and down-right nasty as Mitt has been toward him, and the other candidates this entire primary race... how could Gingrich support Romney should he weasel and cut-throat his way to the nomination?  

Some say Newt's comments reflect him as the patriot he is and has always been. While others say he's vying for 'cool points' that could possibly be leveraged into an appointment in the new administration... or a post in the future White House. 

Whatever!  But this one thing is crystal clear in light of all that has transpired of late: in politics... just like in the game of basketball, the opposing teams are rude to each other... they verbally taunt, trash-talk, throw elbows and knock each other around on the court for the duration of the game and in front of their committed fans/voters––who often take seriously these emotional shenanigans.  

Do the players not understand that it becomes personal to many of the fans/voters who sometime remain furious-angry-vexed-irked-fire.hot.mad, vowing  NEVER to attend another basketball game and even pledging to remain on the sidelines or stay at home and not vote in the Fall because they feel betrayed?

Well...  here is some advice to the zealous fans and the young, newly active GOP stalwarts: know this about basketball and politics... both are just sports, purposely hyped-up by the opposing teams to keep the masses/fans involved. 

When it's all said and done, and at the end of regulation play... the players/the candidates are good pals.  They will   slap each other on the butts, say what a 'good game' each played, get their checks and go to the house. 

Therefore, it would behoove all of us grudge-holding fans/voters to understand the art and the fundamentals of how basketball and politics are played... for our own good and the good of the country. 

But always, always remember:  Basketball and politics: IT'S ONLY BUT A GAME... So let the games begin!


  1. I wish that I could agree with you about it only being a game. However, when the stakes are the life and death of my nation, and with it my life and the death of those whom I love, the analogy breaks down for me. Too many have died at the hands of Progressive tyrants, both Democrat and Republican. If this country doesn't get on it's knees, and ask God's forgiveness and guidance, then the stakes become Eternal.

    "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land" (2 Chronicles 7:14, NIV).

  2. Hmmm, just had a thought. If you wish to maintain the "Games" analogy, perhaps you should change it from Basketball to the Roman Coliseum? Basketball is a game without, in most instances, fatal consequences. The Roman Games were very final for the loser, and so it will be for America. Make no mistake, this really is life and death.

  3. Nice analogy Frances. Well,we are in the arena...time to dispatch these lions !


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