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Minority Whip compares Obama to Zorn

When I tried to mix politics and the Redskins earlier this week, the feedback was uniformly negative. So I might as well try it again.

Actually, this one isn't my fault. It's the fault of Eric Cantor (R-Va.), the House Minority Whip, who wrote a truly bizarre piece in the Daily Caller comparing Barack Obama to Jim Zorn, without mentioning the latter by name. I'll select a few of my favorite passages.

Hey Redskins' fans: Americans feel your pain
By Rep. Eric Cantor

These days D.C.-area football fans aren't the only ones sorely let down.

Wait, really?

Once again, hyped new personnel were brought into the nation's capital - not just to the NFL's Redskins, but to the White House -- on the promise of change you could believe in. Now both Redskins devotees and American citizens everywhere are struggling with disappointment.

Actually, no one hyped Jim Zorn as change you could believe in. He was brought in because Joe Gibbs retired. No one wanted a change. Also, he was the 17th choice of team management, and the 179th choice of fans. Also, right now, Redskins fans are not struggling with disappointment; they're filled with optimism. Also, who on your staff thought this was a good idea?

So much for the familiar refrain that Washingtonians are incapable of understanding the frustrations brewing outside the beltway....

You see, because Washingtonians suffered through two years of a middling football coach who had been hired after everyone else said no and who was undermined by his bosses at every turn and who had an offensive line only Vinny Cerrato could love, Washingtonians can now understand frustrations outside the beltway.

Like the Redskins, who had to fire their coach and bring in new leadership, the American people are growing tired of the Democrats and getting closer and closer to firing them by the day.

According to the metaphor, shouldn't the American people first try hiring a bingo caller and let Al Michaels make fun of them before they fire anyone? Also, have you ever considered writing for Bleacher Report?

Last month, Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama announced he was leaving the Democratic caucus and becoming a Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives.

This makes him the Stump Mitchell of Congress, right?

When a Member of Congress decides to leave a 258 seat majority to join a rebuilding minority, it is a sure sign that the majority party has grown disconnected from the American people. We can only hope the administration - having already exhausted most of the good will it enjoyed upon taking power - will change course and in the new year begin to work with Republicans to move the country forward.

In conclusion, the Democrats (aka Jim Zorn and Vinny Cerrato) are going to get fired by the electorate (aka Dan Snyder) and replaced by the Republicans (aka Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen) unless they change course on issues like transparency (aka the pla-calling structure) and health care (aka the offensive line) and the stimulus package (aka Clinton Portis's practice schedule). Also, HTTR!

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 12, 2010; 1:43 PM ET
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Comments

Steinz, I liked your conclusion better than his.

But give Cantor a break, analogies like this between politics and sports--though far from perfect--are not that uncommon.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 12, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Countdown to "libertarian" hockey fans saying impolite things about Obama in 5, 4, 3 ....

Posted by: M__N | January 12, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Zorn not a great example. Snyder would work better for trying to express decent.

But again Republicans eating their own, everyone knows the Skins Owner and his coaches are all hard line GOPers

Posted by: alex35332 | January 12, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of tone-deaf politicians....

Posted by: EricS2 | January 12, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean Gilbert Arenas is Dick Cheney?

Posted by: colerwilson | January 12, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

"Countdown to "libertarian" hockey fans saying impolite things about Obama in 5, 4, 3 ...."

hey now. Hockey fans are a diverse group. Card-carrying social democrat here.

Someone needs to tell Cantor to remember to take his meds. Wow. In what bizzaro-world parallel universe did that piece of drivel make any sense?

Posted by: RedBirdie | January 12, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

+1 for @colerwilson

Posted by: olsonchr | January 12, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Does M_N just put scare quotes around words he doesn't understand?

"When I tried to mix politics and the Redskins earlier this week, the feedback was uniformly negative. So I might as well try it again."

Dan, you seem to have drawn the wrong conclusion. The correct one would be that the two just shouldn't be mixed at all.

Posted by: jrchris | January 12, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I strongly suggest you leave the polotical commentary to those with the subject knowledge above that of a dung beetle. No wonder J Reid hates you!

The right wing maggot facton may have a hard time deciphering this so I'll break it down... STFU!! Now as you were.

Posted by: iubiquity | January 12, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I strongly suggest you leave the political commentary to those with the subject knowledge above that of a dung beetle. No wonder J Reid hates you!

The right wing maggot facton may have a hard time deciphering this so I'll break it down... STFU!! Now as you were.

Posted by: iubiquity | January 12, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Please don't feed the gooper trolls Dan.

Posted by: bogardp | January 12, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Cantor should stick to topics he has some insight on, like Brittney Smears and lying.

Posted by: Corvis777 | January 12, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

"Dan, you seem to have drawn the wrong conclusion. The correct one would be that the two just shouldn't be mixed at all."

Yeah, um, we get that. That's...er... why his statement was "funny". It sort of loses something when you expl-

Oh, forget it.

Posted by: smshadowman | January 12, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

Comparing two years of running a team with both hands tied behind one's back to one year of running a country with at least one hand tied behind his back is kinda :v

Posted by: basjando | January 13, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I guess Republicans would be in favor of unrestricted torturing of metaphors.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | January 13, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, um, we get that. That's...er... why his statement was "funny". It sort of loses something when you expl-

Oh, forget it.

Posted by: smshadowman | January 12, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse


Oh really? Thanks for the explanation, but I actually get that it was a joke. He then acted on it and proceeded to post another politics-related column. Sports and politics should be kept as far apart as humanly possible.

If I am reading a sports blog I don't want to be bombarded by a bunch of lackwits on both sides of the aisle throwing barbs at each other, or to read a sports blogger's opinion on political matters, and I doubt I am alone in that feeling.

Posted by: jrchris | January 13, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

While Cantor was trying to be funny - not -, it really was a bad comparison. Jim Zorn is a man of honor and integrity.

Posted by: SkinsFan2111 | January 13, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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