A passion for politics and for baseball

R-D baseballSorry I haven’t posted in a while.  It’s been a really busy last couple of weeks.  I’ve been calling and canvassing for my favorite presidential candidate, which has taken up a lot of my time.  In addition, I’m the back-up assistant for another legal assistant at work.  Her husband passed away, so she was off work for a week and a half.  Doing her work and mine really wore me out. I didn’t mind helping her, but I was too tired to think, let alone write a blog post.  Thankfully, there was a survey and a script to follow for calling and canvassing for my candidate, so I didn’t have to do too much thinking, just talking and walking.  The other legal assistant is back to work now and things are slowly getting back to normal here at work.  Yesterday was the presidential primary in the state where I live.  Now that all that is done, I can now start turning my focus back to baseball.

While reflecting on the primary results last night, however, it occurred to me that there are a lot of similarities between being a baseball fan and the presidential race.  People who are passionate about baseball follow their team no matter if they win or lose, although they may be disappointed when their team loses.  When a person has a favorite presidential candidate, they follow their candidate by watching the polls and the primary results, and are disappointed if their candidate loses a primary or he or she suspends their campaign.  If a person’s favorite candidate is making an appearance somewhere near where they live or work, they will go and see the candidate, like a baseball fan going to a baseball game.

The primaries can be compared to regular season games.  Each primary has a winner and several losers, depending on how many candidates have thrown their hats in the ring.  Various websites show the standings as to how many delegates each candidate has, much like the baseball standings showing what team is in first place.

Then the nominating conventions take place and that can be compared to the playoffs.  If there are not enough delegates voting for a candidate in the first round of voting, then there is a second round, and so on, until one candidate gets the required number of votes to be the party candidate. The first round of voting could be compared to the LDS, and if there is a second round of voting, it could be compared to the LCS.  The presidential nominees in both political parties could be compared to the National League Champion and the American League Champion.

The presidential election can be compared to the World Series. The candidate with 270 votes from the Electoral College wins the election.  Here’s where the comparison ends, however: the World Series is best of seven; but if there is no president elected in the first round of Electoral College voting, then the House of Representative elects the president.

Don’t worry, I’ll be posting about Cardinals baseball again in my next post.  Until then, thanks for reading and see you next time!

Diane

Bibliography:  “Electoral College (United States),” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_(United_States)

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