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According to a poll (pdf) conducted in the days before the Super Bowl, "Democrats strongly prefer the Saints, by a 36-21 margin, but Republicans are narrowly going for the Colts, 26-25. Independents lean toward the Saints as well, 33-20." Hopefully, Democrats take some lessons from their favored team, too.

Early in the game, the Saints failed to score when they had the ball on their opponent's three-yard line. Big setback, and eerily reminiscent of the metaphors many are using for health care. But then the Saints decided against walking off the field and throwing the game to the Colts. Instead, they ran their plays again and came back to win.

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By Ezra Klein  |  February 8, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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Rush Limbaugh picked the Saints. Although he as much as said that was because he didn't like the owner of the Colts.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | February 8, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

and and and... they ran an onside kick as their first play of the second half. and succeeded! now that could be the proper light in which to view this new HCR summit.

Posted by: andrewlong | February 8, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

And the Saints didn't throw in the towel after getting stuffed on the one-yard line. They went back to work and came back to score. Good lesson there.

Posted by: AuthorEditor | February 8, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I liked how the front of Pete Townsend's jacket kept interfering with his access to the guitar -- he kept having to tuck it back behind the guitar like some emo singer tucking his hair behind his ears.

Posted by: bdballard | February 8, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

oh, I very much agree with AuthorEditor about the lesson -- the Saints even came back with a legal but tricky play -- the on side kick to start half 2 -- to keep things moving their way.

Posted by: bdballard | February 8, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

You commenters are dead on the money here about the lesson. Rather than worrying about the hurt feelings of the Colts by doing an onside kick at the start of the second half, they took the risk and it paid off for them.

Thats the kind of guts that Democrats typically lack, that Republicans dont lack and why they win elections most of the time. Nobody ever, ever won an election because they had the best set of briefing papers and followed all of Roberts Rules of Order.

Posted by: zeppelin003 | February 8, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

I really like the behavior of many professional athletes when defeated -- the way Tebo acted openly disappointed with himself and hung his head in shame, same with Manning. These are strong men, and they do not put on a fake front of victory and a big smile in defeat and defiantly claim the defeat never happened. They have a willingness to let others see their disappointment, they shoulder the blame themselves instead of hurling it at others, and this is why, time and again, so many of them come back and are victorious. The white house would do well, and be so much more worthy of admiration, if they did not put a false front on every setback. This is what they should take from athletes.

Posted by: truck1 | February 8, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

And if Obama was coaching the Saints after going up by two touchdowns he'd call a timeout and hold a summit on how to make sure the Colts have input in how the game goes.

Posted by: endaround | February 8, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm a liberal Dem, but I was rooting for the Colts. I didn't really have a team in the game (grew up marginally paying attention to the Seahawks being terrible and now live near enough to Philly to root for the Eagles), but a friend of mine is a Colts fan. Plus, I hate "Cinderella stories", where people pile on the bandwagon for a team because it fits in a heartwarming narrative.

Posted by: MosBen | February 8, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

But what is the political equivalent of the onside kick?

Posted by: memory79 | February 8, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

What end said: "And if Obama was coaching the Saints after going up by two touchdowns he'd call a timeout and hold a summit on how to make sure the Colts have input in how the game goes."

memory -- it would be cramming a public option and medicare buy-in through reconciliation. Gutsy, high-payoff, good for the team, subject to second-guessing by commentators (Faux news). Therefore, the Dems would never ever do it.

Posted by: AZProgressive | February 8, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Great game.

However, I didn't really see the 10 point deficit as a huge mountain for the Saints to climb out of in the 1st quarter. They'd been in that situation against better defensive teams during the regular season including a 24-10 deficit against Miami (which the Saints went on to win 46-34); or the Skins game; or the first Atlanta game, etc.). Both these teams were offensive juggernauts, and neither of the teams had a truly shut-down D, so I figured that an early deficit could be overcome by either team.

Applying political lessons to football too is probably stretching an analogy a little too far. Holds are illegal in the NFL. There's no fillibuster equivalent.

A guy like Lieberman or Nelson who decide to play for both teams during the same game is something that doesn't tend to happen in the NFL (in cases where it did, there would probably be an investigation into gambling activities).

Blue-dogs don't exist in the NFL.

Any team that was foolish enough to allow those kind of players to remain on their team would never make it to the Super Bowl in the first place.

Posted by: JPRS | February 8, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Or you can cast the odds on favorites the Colts as the Democrats vs the underdog Saints as the Republicans, then Tracy Porter's pick 6 matches up nicely with Scott Brown's victory and game over moment in the Health Care debate.

Posted by: Jenga918 | February 8, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse


Only if Tracy Porter had made the interception while publicly exposing himself.

Posted by: JPRS | February 8, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse


True and add Peyton Manning doing lines of coke after the game and the anaolgy is complete.

Posted by: Jenga918 | February 8, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

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