100% of American Voters1
Local Sports Team Enthusiasts are up for grabs this year, and Presidential Candidates are making an end run for their Votes. Here’s a handy formula for Pandering to Local Sports Team Enthusiasts:1. Remember where you are. This is very important. Never admit that you are a fan of another Team, even if that Team is Your Local Team.2
2. Show some love for the Local Sports Team while throwing Your Local Team under the bus.
3. And most importantly, construct an awkward metaphor about how the Local Sports Team mirrors Your Presidential Campaign.
Take a look at a Presidential Candidate demonstrating this technique:
Pandering to Local Sports Team Enthusiasts can have its pitfalls, however. Presidential Candidates need to be artful in the way they transparently pander.
Consider the lessons of history…
In the 1996 Election, Bob Dole made a critical mistake when he compared his failing Campaign to the underdog Local Sports Team in Los Angeles. Only problem was Dole referred to the Local Sports Team as the Brooklyn Dodgers.
So, to avoid any unforced errors, we recommend sticking to the script:
Will Local Sports Team Enthusiasts turn an underdog into a victor in 2008?
1 Who are in front of a Presidential Candidate at that moment
2 See Also: Fair Weather Fans (future entry)