It’s been said that politics is a spectator sport, which seems a bit odd given that I’ve never heard of anyone eagerly counting down the days until Congress went back in session. In any event, the spectator sport about which this country is truly passionate — football — is about to get into full swing.
The college variety started last night, and the professionals will begin next Thursday night — kicking off, as fate and inter-institutional negotiations would have it, right after President Obama gives his big jobs and economy speech. While there was some discussion about whether Obama’s speech should overlap with a long-planned GOP presidential debate, virtually no one thought it would be a good idea for the president to go head-to-head with the NFL’s season-opening tilt between the last two Super Bowl champions. And by all accounts, Obama will wrap up his discussion of how to beat the worst, longest employment slump in 80 years before toe meets leather between the Packers and Saints.
Does your interest in politics wane during football season?
Total Voters: 104
It’s bizarre that the president would bend his schedule to accommodate a football game — and yet, at the same time, completely understandable.
So, a very personal Poll Position for this week: Does your interest in politics wane a bit during this football season? Would you skip watching a debate or presidential address for a game involving your favorite pro or college team — or maybe any game involving at least one team you might possibly have heard of? Answer in the nearby poll and the comments thread.
– By Kyle Wingfield