Wednesday, September 15, 2004

You want to know why Kerry is losing Wisconsin?

Forget soccer moms and NASCAR dads. The most important demographic in these parts transcends gender and geography -- it's Green Bay Packers fans.

Both candidates are targeting them with the ferocity of a Brett Favre bullet, but only John F. Kerry has fumbled the name of the hallowed grounds on which the Packers play, the frozen tundra of Curly Lambeau Field.

At a campaign event last month, the Democratic presidential nominee called it Lambert Field -- a slip of the tongue carried on television, in papers throughout the state and on ESPN's Web site.

That's akin to calling the Yankees the Yankers or the Chicago Bulls the Bells. This is a place where Packers jackets often outnumber sports coats in church and thousands of fans wear a big chunk of yellow foam cheese atop their head with the pride of a new parent. President Bush's warning to terrorists is apropos to the passions of Packers fans -- you are either with 'em or against 'em.

"I got some advice for him," Bush told Wisconsinites a few days after the Lambert gaffe. "If someone offers you a cheesehead, don't say you want some wine, just put it on your head and take a seat at Lambeau Field."
Like it or not, Americans tend to vote for the guy they think is most like them. After all, half of the country can't even be bothered to vote, and most of the other half simply want to show up every four years and sleep through most of the rest. If the guy in the Oval Office is a stand-up straight-shooter who is "like me," they can carry out these bare minimum requirements with confidence.

And for God's sake, what American male doesn't know it's called Lambeau Field?? This incident makes Kerry look like a poseur, or revals him to be one.


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