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The Dems and the Redskins

This happened over the weekend, but I got briefly confused reading about Obama's Redskins-related comments during the New Hampshire debate. From the Oregonian's politics blog:

One of the moderators, Scott Spradling told Obama that his ears must have been ringing from what the Republicans said about him in the first debate.

"Well, you know," Obama shot back with a sly grin, "I have to admit that I was going back and forth between the Republicans and football."

Big laughter.

"How did the Redskins do?" interjected the other moderator, Charles Gibson.

"The Redskins lost," Obama added, with just the right tone of I'm-unhappy-about-it-but-I'll-get-over-it.

Is Obama really a Redskins fan? Well, no, according to every other source in the universe: he likes the Bears. But Gibson, the moderator, is a big Skins homer, according to this trustworthy source, so maybe Obama was just trying to act sympathetic. And for some reason, Wizards booster Tim Russert referred to Obama and Hillary as Ali and Frazier last night. And here's more Skins news, from CNBC's Political Capital blog:

The [Iowa] caucuses split the camps of the leading Democrats, but Washington sometimes unites them--at least in the case of the Washington Redskins. Inside a Des Moines sports bar, operatives for John Edwards and Barack Obama watched the Redskins defeat the Dallas Cowboys a few days ago, and broke into a spontaneous rendition of "Hail to the Redskins."

Meanwhile, The Trail looks at links between the Clinton Clan and Gibbs, as does James Fallows, while the Wall Street Journal told this Hillary tale from Iowa caucus night:

Just as everyone was registering and trying to enter the gymnasium where the caucus takes place, the candidate herself walked in and shook some hands. "I know some Redskins fans," she said to someone in line wearing a Redskins sweatshirt.

Meanwhile, Union-Leader sports writer Kevin Gray got sports-related answers from most of the major candidates, learning that Bill Richardson threw a no-hitter in high school and played in the Cape Cod League, which I didn't know. Anyhow, that previously mentioned Oregonian politics blog dug up the Obama MNF ad, which I think should be mandatory for all serious candidates.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 9, 2008; 8:02 AM ET
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Thanks for the video - it was great!

Posted by: suzannepdc | January 9, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama was pretty matter-of-fact in his off-the-cuff remark about the Redskins' loss .... I didn't get the sense he cared very much about the Burgundy and Gold.

It was good politics tho.

Posted by: the Wayward O | January 9, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

wow- quoting from my hometown, ManchVegas' paper!

The Bog has come full circle.

Posted by: smperk | January 9, 2008 10:23 AM | Report abuse

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