The audacity of a plus-one

And you guys thought I was kidding about Republican objections to Obama’s opinion about a D-1 playoff.

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Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Political Wankery

73 responses to “The audacity of a plus-one

  1. Big-G

    Big difference between an NCAA run playoff and a Bowl/Big Conference run playoff – the big conferences aren’t going to give the $$$ away like they do for the basketball tournament.

  2. DawgPhan

    lulz….I am pulling for Santorum to win the primary so I get a couple more months of complete and total fail out of the Grand Ole Party.

    If Obama said the sky was blue, they would be screaming that the sky has been blue green since Reagan made it that way.

    • JaxDawg

      We had blue skies under Reagan. We’ve had nothing but gray with Barry. Same with Carter.

      Of course you’re too young to remember the Reagan years, if you were even born at all.

      • Spence

        Sugar trickled down from the sky during Reagan.

        • That was just a holdover of Carter’s Policies. Seriously now.

          • JaxDawg

            HA! Technically you’re correct. Carter was Pres and did attend the 1980 Sugar Bowl and watched us win. That was the only victory that he experienced in his entire Presidency. Well, that is setting a high bar for inflation adjusted petro that only Barry could possibly exceed. I guess you could throw the prime-rate and inflation rate in for kicks.

            Don’t forget to wear your sweater tonight!

      • SSB Charley

        I remember the Reagan years well. I particularly remember how he raised a whole bunch of taxes the last 5-6 years of his administration, not that any candidate under the GOP banner today could or would admit that. I wasn’t too fond of Reagan back in the day, but I’d gladly take a candidate like him right now. Unfortunately, he’d never get nominated now. Too liberal for today’s GOP. Oh Mitch Daniels, would that you reconsider.

        Regardless, that Weekly Standard blogger seems to have been reading the Senator’s blog for quite a while. Would have been nice if he could have properly attributed his source material.

      • JaxDawg's father

        Even if he is too young to remember the Reagan years, what does that have to do with being able to accurately analyze his presidency? Reagan left office 23 years ago.

        And I’m saying I agree with him either.

      • JaxDawg

        And to be fair, we had blue skies under Clinton. Right up to the end, that is.

  3. H-Town Dawg

    Your President Clueless quote of the day: “Nothing is more frustrating than at the end of the season, nobody knows who won. And what, there is some poll? Coaches make a decision? Nobody knows what that means.

    Obama has enough failure on his resume as it is. He doesn’t need to beclown himself further by getting involved in areas he doesn’t belong and where he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It’s not about “Republicans” but common sense.

  4. D.N. Nation

    I had to close the browser, in abject terror that I was agreeing with something from the Weekly Standard.

  5. DawgPhan

    Someone should let Hatch and Barton know that they are firmly to the left of Obama when it comes to college football…that ought to win them some votes.

  6. 81Dog

    It’s good to know things are going so well in America that our current President has plenty of time to reflect and expound on the ideal college football championship mechanism. Are we so short of pundits on this topic that the federal government needs to weigh in on it?

    and before anyone snaps, I felt the same way when Arlen Specter and Orrin Hatch were blustering about antitrust suits and hearings about the unfairness of the BCS system. Try governing the country, guys. Leave the sports issues for after you have the economy, terrorism and foreign wars under control, ok?

  7. Doug

    Dubya comments on sports: “Aww, see? He likes sports! He’s a regular guy like us!”

    Obama comments on sports: “OUTRAGEOUS!!! Doesn’t he have anything more important to worry about?!?!?”

    • Normaltown Mike

      Dubya detains terrorists in Gitmo and bombs people in Afghanistan & Iraq.: He’s trampling the Constitution to enrich Haliburton! Try him for war crimes!

      Obama detains terrorists in Gitmo and bombs people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Libya & Somalia: Give this man the Nobel Peace Prize!

    • When it comes to politicians, anything that distracts them from, you know, being politicians is generally a good thing in my book. It’s crossing over from thinking about sports to doing something about sports that gets them in trouble as a rule.

      • DawgPhan

        Are you saying that a yarn bomb and some catnip might get this country back on it’s feet?

      • shane#1

        Ike played golf and the economy boomed. Ike was reelected by a landslide and left office a beloved figure. A war hero and everybody’s grandpa. Lyndon tried to rid the US of poverty, get equal rights for minorities and stop the spread of communism. Lyndon was ridden out of DC on a rail. “The Congress hates the President and the President hates Congress and nothing’s getten’ done in Washington…………and ain’t it wonderful.”- Will Rogers

        • Will (the other one)

          Ike also had a ton of soldiers come home on the GI Bill fueling a boom in educated workers and a top marginal tax rate over 90%, but I don’t hear anyone running for high office calling for both those things again…

          • Biggus Rickus

            Europe was also in ruins and Asia was woefully underdeveloped. I guess we could just nuke everyone to boost our manufacturing sector.

            • Biggus Dickus

              Damn! I hadn’t thought of that! Destroy the international competition’s ability to out-manufacture us! Great idea!!! While we’re at it send some CIA goons to get rid of the US industrialists who are shipping American jobs offshore, too. We can clean up the economy at one fell swoop!!!!

        • Spence

          Just to be clear, you want Spurrier for president?

  8. If you’re looking for rational thought from conservative “media”, you’re looking in the wrong place.

    • Biggus Rickus

      Yes, because if you want rationality you go to the New York Times op-ed page or Matt Yglesias’ web page.

  9. Dawg19

    Name a president and I’ll name the scandal during his term he gets blamed for…

    Then again…

    Name a president and I’ll name the awesome trick he gets credit for…

  10. TennesseeDawg

    Elephants and @sses screwing the masses. Vote Libertarian.

  11. Always Someone Else's Fault

    Politics has become just like professional sports for me. I find myself rooting less for teams and much more against others.

    I was only 12 when Reagan was elected in 1980, but I think people forget how completely the political stage flipped while he was in office. That era literally made “liberal” into the dirty word it remains today. This isn’t a policy analysis. Politically, 1980 to 1990 was the equivalent of Clemson-WVU in the Orange Bowl. A total rout.

    Too many Republicans remain stuck in that era. Bush 1 happened. Then Bush 2 happened. The Reagan Playbook doesn’t work anymore, because the defense has recruited a hell of a lot more speed, and they can see the plays coming a mile away.

    • Dog in Fla

      “This isn’t a policy analysis.” It’s a retrovirus

      http://driftglass.blogspot.com/2012/03/american-conservatism-is-democracys.html

    • Scorpio Jones, III

      Thas a pretty good analysis.

      • Biggus Rickus

        It’s oversimplified. Bush and Reagan had very real philosophical differences. For example, Reagan would have never actively pushed for No Child Left Behind or the prescription drug benefit.

        • Mayor of Dawgtown

          BR, the No Child Left Behind program has been an abject failure exacerbating the nation’s educational problems. I know people at the highest level of education in this state and they tell me it has been a disaster. The prescription drug benefit was not about getting drugs to needy old people–it was about increasing the market size for the pharmaceutical industry using YOUR money to buy drugs for other people at an inflated price. Perhaps that is what you were actually saying–that Reagan would never have done these stupid things. And you would be right.

          • Always Someone Else's Fault

            Why? Because Reagan never did stupid things?

            NCLB imposes accountability standards on classrooms, and that was a rallying cry on education started by the Republicans during the Reagan era. The political impetus behind NCLB got its start there and resulted in the state testing programs and their “successes” in states like Texas that drove the NCLB legislation.

            Reagan was a master politician (or at least employed one in Lee Atwater), but he was an average president. He launched Deficit Spending as We Know It, which makes the Tea Party’s simultaneous worship of the man and horror at deficit spending a constant source of amusement for me.

            But we can agree on blowing up the prescription drug bill and NCLB.

            • Normaltown Mike

              Reagan wanted to abolish the DOE. This same sentiment was common in the GOP until the Delay/Bush era of Big Government Republicans took over in the 2K’s (with disastrous consequences).

              “He launched Deficit Spending as We Know It,”

              The US deficit has been growing steadily since 1960 so not sure how he “launched” it.

              • Always Someone Else's Fault

                In 1980 when Reagan took office, the US national debt was $960 billion. By the time Bush 2 left office, it was around $13 trillion. Clinton added about $1 trillion to that, meaning $11 trillion falls at the feet of Reagan, Bush 1, and Bush 2. Those presidents had at least a Republican Senate, if not an entire Republican Congress.

                Cheney was the one who said that Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter. Reagan’s politics did not match his policies on a number of fronts. As long as the Republican Party remains infatuated with a Reagan who did not exist, it’s not going anywhere.

  12. Just Chuck

    Can we get back to football now?

  13. Oh, crap.
    Politics again. Smartest football blog out there until it turns to politics.
    Wait..It’s the hits counter, stupid!

  14. db

    Right wingers can have an opinion too. Notice how the President thinks a NFL/March madness scenario is best. He is wrong.

  15. Brian Dawg

    Does anyone else see the irony in a man who is in his position because of a VOTE criticizing a system which is determined by a VOTE? Is is just me?

  16. Faulkner

    Politicians from the top on down can’t run the country so please keep them away from college football. The NCAA is already making a big enough mess as it is.