Thursday, October 26, 2006

rain postpones moral dilemma

Rain in St. Louis last night washed away Game 4 of the World Series, and that gave my baseball-and-politics-addled brain a 24-hour reprieve.

Believing since I was knee high in the aesthetic superiority of the style of baseball played in the National League, I almost always default to root, root, rooting for the Senior Circuit in the Fall Classic. And, so, though feeling little excitement about this year’s Series (after seeing the Dodgers and Mets knocked out), I found myself—at least when it was close and late—cheering for the Cards.

(After watching Tiger pitcher Kenny Rogers do such a bad job of hiding his cheating in Game 2, it became even a little easier to tilt toward the Redbirds.)

So, imagine my dilemma when I discovered earlier in the day Wednesday that Cardinals’ scheduled Game 4 starter Jeff Suppan has felt the need to weigh in on Amendment 2, a Missouri ballot initiative that has become issue one in the show me showdown between and Republican Senator Jim Talent and Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill.

Yeah, that would be stem cell research.

This ad, which I hear was slated to run during the game, is obviously an attempt to counteract the impact of the Michael J. Fox ad that has Rush Limbaugh so bothered he’s forgetting to horde his Vicodin.

It’s good to know that on one side of the argument you have pretty much all the credible scientists in the field and people who actually could be helped by stem cell research, and on the other side you have a bunch of jocks and a pantomime Jesus.

Anyway, should the rain stop and the Series resume, and should noted bio-researcher over-performing starting pitcher Jeff Suppan take the mound, it is going to be hard to both root for a Cardinal victory and hope that the Soup Man gets the tar knocked out of him.

That would be tar, not pine tar. . . sit down, Kenny.

(h/t can’t stop the bleeding)

(cross-posted over at Daily Kos)


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