I haven't commented on any of those "Letters to the Editor" recently, but I stumbled across one in today's Daily News that really threw me for a loop. Read this one:
El Paso, Tex: So I'm sitting here watching the Mets/D-Backs game on Sunday on WWOR. They interview John McCain, who says he grew up a Red Sox fan. Guess what, McCain? You just lost my vote. (Name withheld, for obvious reasons)
This one really had me shaking my head. This guy won't vote for John McCain because he used to be a Red Sox fan? As in, not any more? (McCain's now a Diamondbacks fan, being from Arizona, and they weren't founded until 1998.) There are plenty of legitimate reasons to vote or not vote for a certain candidate. His or her stand on the war, health care, education, illegal immigration, etc. But once again, I'm hearing from people who won't vote for a certain presidential candidate because of the baseball team they support. I remember a lot of the vitriol sent John Kerry's way in 2004 simply because he was a Red Sox fan. (Or at least said he was. Remember his famous "Manny Ortez" goof on ESPN?)
I couldn't care less what baseball or sports team a candidate says he or she roots for. There are too many important issues out there to make a final decision based on something as frivolous as what baseball team the person pulls for. (Many politicians come off as idiots when it comes to talking about sports teams anyway.) And for this guy, it's the fact the McCain once was a Red Sox fan makes him go over to his opponent.
At first I thought this letter may have just been a joke. But I'd lay down money this guy is serious.
We are truly finished as a nation.