Monday, November 8, 2010

Still fired up, ready to go

“Well. That’s the game.” This was at least the fourth time the man behind us at yesterday’s Vikings game had stated this particular lament. It now seemed like he had a point – we’d just failed to score on 4th down, one yd. from the endzone. It looked like our team was on its way to yet another loss to a mediocre team. A small exodus was happening on the stairs to our left.

I was busy asking BF why people were still holding up “Fire Chilly” signs. From my vantage point, it was our inability to score that was the real issue here – first Favre threw an interception when were in range, then the most recent Cardinals defensive hold when we were on the 1 had us losing 21-10. As is standard for all half-assed football fans, I told BF that it was Favre’s fault. He made rash decisions at the end of long drives, and was too scared of a sack to run the ball even when he seemingly had no one in front of him.

Of course we went on to win in overtime, with Favre throwing an outrageous personal record of 446 yards. By the time Longwell lined up for the game-winning field goal, I was eating my words. Yet in the heat of the moment, with the dude behind me calling the game off, it had seemed pretty hopeless.

Last week I watched as respected progressives were voted out due to the ‘anti-incumbent, anti-Democratic’ tidal wave we’d all been warned of. And as I saw people like Russ Feingold and Jim Oberstar give some of the finest and classiest step-down speeches in recent memory, I felt pretty damn deflated. If you watched any post-election coverage, you’ll probably agree that the general consensus for the Democrats and the Obama administration was “Well, that’s the game.”

It's true, we have a weakened offense now. But it seems to me that we’re only about to start the second half of Obama’s term. Like the idiot in the stands behind me, the talking heads can yell until they’re hoarse but they can’t predict what’s coming next. They also can’t take away the points this administration has already scored.

As Dan mentioned last week in a brilliant post-election entry, it’s time for our elected officials to stand down and continue to enact their campaign promises without apology. Similarly, we have to as constituents promise not to leave the stadium prematurely.

2012 is going to be a tough fight, and it may come down to the wire. The good news is that our president is even better off than my victorious, yet ailing quarterback. He’s young for his profession and his joints are all in working order. He’s never threatened to quit to garner additional publicity. And when he’s interviewed by sideline reporters, he refrains from texting them the next day.

Let's do this, Democrats. Ready? Break.


Jamie said...

Honestly, I think this should just rally the Dems. Remember how everyone whined when we lost the SUPERmajority? I was so angry that week. I thought Americans trusted us to give us a mandate and we were complaining because there was one minor road block. That's not real life and it isn't politics either. Well now there's a more major one. But you know what? We still have the WH and the Senate. And if you can't figure out a way to work with the House, then you didn't deserve the mandate in the first place.

You know I'm not Obama's biggest fan and I really believe the Dems made the wrong choice in the primaries. But this is what we have and I hope that people are THOUGHTFUL and INNOVATIVE because of this setback instead of just pretending like there are 61 new Scott Browns. That's the only way we're going to get anything done.

Teresa said...

Look at you and your political analogies using football!!