My friend Gene and his wife are big NASCAR fans. (duh!) Recently, he was comparing politics to racing: ‘If drivers promise not to do certain things, to try to win, it would be ridiculous’, he said. To which I said ‘if they did, somebody would take advantage of it. Or, someone would lie.’
It dawned on me that technique could give the race to the worst guy. Everyone promises not to do this or that, and the one guy who does not live up to the bargain wins. But isn’t that how we got Obama?
McCain said “I have to tell you. Sen. Obama is a decent person and a person you don’t have to be scared of as president of the United States.”
And “No, ma’am. He’s a decent family man…not an Arab,” McCain said. “We want to fight, and I will fight, but I will be respectful. I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments, and I will respect him.” Then Romney took certain things off the table and wouldn’t talk about them. What happened?
In Illinois, team Obama successfully played the record chase. When Republicans tried that with Obama it was deemed out of bounds, off limits. “Records… you’re just birthers.” Republicans agreed. Then Obama used the worst tactics. That’s just politics, they said.
Republicans said, ‘we won’t play dirty politics, we’ll run a clean campaign.’ Obama ran the dirtiest campaign he could. He won. Then he said I won fair and square, “I won.”
Would they do that in NASCAR?
However, candidates and drivers would do well to remember, there are always plenty of diehard fans waiting for a 4-car pileup, and are disappointed when they don’t see one.
In Gene’s words — “I would never get in a race car if the crew said this car can’t win”.