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Friday, March 02, 2012

So You're Saying There's a Chance?

Sports fans know this feeling. It's when you realize that your favorite team probably can't put together a run at the playoffs. You realize they have deficiencies and imperfections, the combination of which are too much to overcome. If they're in the middle or latter part of the season, you look at the remaining games on the schedule and see that, mathematically, it's unlikely that your guys can make a run.

Yet, you allow yourself to dream. You say things like, "Well, if everyone gets healthy, and if our pitching staff/back court/defensive line starts playing to its potential, and if our head coach starts making some better decisions, and if the division leader falls apart down the stretch . . . then we have a shot at this thing!" Of course, rarely does a longshot comeback actually happen; that's why it's a longshot. Still, that's what sports fans do. We hope against all logic and dream against all odds. Why do we delude ourselves in this way? Because it keeps things interesting. Because it keeps things fun.

That's what the media is doing now with Rick Santorum. They're talking themselves into an extended primary despite the leader and favorite of the race, Mitt Romney, winning all three states this week. The media wants this thing to last for months, and for that reason, they're searching for a path to a brokered convention by keeping Rick Santorum alive.

And by God, that's what I'm going to do, too.

Over the next few days, we'll leave Michigan, take a pit stop in The Great State of Washington, then look forward to ten states and Super Tuesday. Stick around. It's going to be fun. And who knows? Maybe things will stay interesting.

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