Obama’s Baseball Blunder

By Kate Barrett

Oct 20, 2008 7:43am

ABC News’ John Berman Reports: Barack Obama is on his way to enemy territory this morning by his own admission. He is going to Tampa. What does Obama have against Tampa, you ask?  Well, with the Tampa Bay Rays on their way to their first World Series in franchise history, Obama has declared his support for the opposition. Last weekend in Philadelphia, Obama told a crowd, "I am a White Sox fan," he said, "but since the White Sox are out of it, I’ll root for the Phillies now."

So Obama is rooting "for" the Phillies, which means, if he maintains any modicum of consistency, "against" the Rays, a team filled with young, hopeful, no-name players. Did Obama root for the Empire in "Star Wars?"

This is the problem with battleground baseball. Sure, you can back one team in the swing state of Pennsylvania, but that means you offend the people in toss-up Florida. Maybe Obama will tell Tampa he was against them before he was for them?

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