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Giants vs. Patriots, Clinton vs. Obama

Even when it comes to the Super Bowl, Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton will be adversaries. And hardly a surprise, it's all about the delegates.

Clinton will, of course, be siding with her Giants this Sunday. Obama will be rooting for the New England Patriots.

Maybe Obama just couldn't bring himself to cheer for Clinton's team, even though he surely has a soft spot for the Giants since he lived in New York in his years before, during and after law school. Or maybe a string-attaching Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) said, "If I endorse you, you have to root for the Patriots in the Super Bowl."

Then again, maybe the Illinois Democrat figures Clinton will handily win her home state primary on Super Tuesday next week anyway; therefore, kowtowing to New York voters is wasted energy -- especially when there are all those Massachusetts primary voters (and delegates) up for grabs.

In addition to buying air time in the Boston market during the Super Bowl, Obama has decided to join Beantown all the way in its big championship game against the Big Apple.

"Despite his affinity for underdogs and though above all he is a Bears fan, Senator Obama is hoping to see a perfect season by the Patriots," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt tells us. "He remembers the Dolphins going undefeated."

Clinton likes underdogs, too. In fact, she fancies herself as much of an underdog as the Giants.

"Facing heavy odds and counted out -- but coming back with an upset win? After New Hampshire that's Hillary Clinton and, come Sunday, the New York Giants," says Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  January 31, 2008; 6:46 PM ET
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Posted by: Jeff | January 31, 2008 9:53 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, it's not like Obama has no prior ties whatsoever to Massachusetts. He did go to law school there.

Posted by: Bobby McObvious | February 1, 2008 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Clinton's Giants are going to survive this battle -- but it won't be easy...

Posted by: big apple | February 1, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

"...he surely has a soft spot for the Giants since he lived in New York in his years before, during and after law school."

Um, yeah, Harvard is in Boston.

Posted by: Scott in Shaw | February 1, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

That line about Clinton coming back for an upset win in New Hampshire is such a distortion. She was way ahead there up until the last few days. The real story is that Obama closed that huge gap down to 2 percentage points. The only reason anyone can try to claim it as an "upset" by her is because the polls showed Obama ahead for a day or two before the vote. Of course, that really may have been more a flaw with the polling than a matter of Obama being way ahead and then Clinton coming from behind.

In any case, I think that for Obama to be way behind and then polling ahead for a few days at most and then to end up 2 points behind does not qualify as some comeback upset victory for Clinton. For all but a few days, she was fully expected to win New Hampshire, and to win it much bigger than she actually did.

But that's the kind of campaign spin the Clinton campaign has been doing, just as it spun the non-contest in Florida as a "victory." Unfortunately, the media has gone along with it. I guess that's easier for them than to admit that their poll numbers and polling process was flawed. They got Obama's numbers about right but somehow way underestimated Clinton's numbers. Maybe their polling did not include a truly representative sample. Then again, they way underestimated Obama's margin of victory in South Carolina as well.

But again, the real story in New Hampshire was not a comeback or an "upset" by Clinton. It was Obama's narrowing the huge lead Clinton had enjoyed for several months.

Posted by: PastorGene | February 1, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama transfered to Columbia, in New York, for his last TWO years of College. He spent THREE years at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA.

Nice to see WaPo is going with cynicism and misleading information instead of a fair, "maybe he really just likes the Patriots".

Posted by: The New Englander | February 1, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I'm from New Hampshire, and PastorGene is 100% right in his comment.

Posted by: The New Englander | February 1, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm from Canada and I have a hard time understanding the whole process and how it fits into the American democracy. The Super Bowl glitz and super-hype seems a good analogy to the Primary phenomenon. I sincerely hope it is no more than metaphor. But I fear some voters will see winner/ loser qualities in candidates according to how the NYG or NE Pats do today.
It's only a game.. the football I mean; although the media do deal with both in a similar way. Canadians have the impression that Americans pride themselves in two seemingly contradictory ethics: 1. rooting for the underdog, and 2. hating to lose. Maybe that's an unfair and sweeping generalization but if it's true, who will benefit today? Clinton or Obama?

Or maybe the electorate will judge candidates on more substantial and relevent grounds. One can only hope.

Posted by: Ken DeLuca | February 3, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Since when is Hillary Clinton a Giants fan? A few years ago, interviewed by Tim Russert on Meet the Press, she made the following comment about the "New York" football teams:

Tim Russert (interviewer): Before you go, the Buffalo Bills vs. the New Jersey Jets.

Sen. Hillary Clinton: The New Jersey Jets, that's right.

Tim Russert: Who you for?

Sen. Hillary Clinton: Well, I'm for the Buffalo Bills. Is there any question? That's the only New York team we have, right?

NBC News: Meet the Press
December 7, 2003

Posted by: P.A. Moore | February 3, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I go for hockey, the winnipeg jets were realy something, as a latinoamerican living in southamerica, i think the republicans like Obama because sounds like Osama, and gives another reason to keep on figthing or searching for him, i mean the 3rd world version of agent Bourne who is rebel and a demon, or better so we can still believe the taliban beard man actually exists.
Ah, it is also clear that after the whole mess the Bushs dont need retiremen assurance no more

Posted by: Horacio Britos | February 3, 2008 11:12 PM | Report abuse

I am continually astounded by comments that continually express disdain for how the Clinton's run their campaign, as though the Obama camp does not sit down and try to figure out how to derail Clinton This is a political campaign, they are not running for prom queen. The tactics used by the Clinton campaign are nothing new and pale in comparison to prior presidential elections (remember the Kerry Viet Nan service attacks).

I feel that the media has fallen in love with Obama and have not treated his campaign with the scrutiny heaped upon the Clinton. I was shocked when the media called the Florida election not important for Clinton. 1.6 million Democrats voted for Obama/Clinton!!!! Iowa was important to Obama but Florida not important for Clinton? Not important...she received the cross section of vote that is necessary to win in the general election. However the media, with very few exceptions ingored that fact.

I don't know who I am voting for, but it is clear to me the treatment has not been equal. We need to fall out of love with the poetry and actually look at the issues important to us getting out of the deep mess this administration has created.

Posted by: Cleoharvey | February 4, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the Hill was right. The Buffalo Bills play in New York. The Giants and Jets play in Jersey. She knew what she was talking about.

Posted by: Christina | February 5, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Cleoharvey, you are a racist, scrutinizing Barack Hussein Obama is racist, go home and beat your wife

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