A friend once asked me a question about fixing his car. I told him that there were only three things that I really knew anything about: politics, baseball and child rearing. My daughter who was within earshot said "Well, two out of three aren't bad, dad."
Anyway, the two things I really know anything about – politics and baseball – often cross paths.
In 1930, people criticized Babe Ruth for asking for a $80,000 per year salary, which was more than president Hoover made. The Babe responded, "I know, but I had a better year than Hoover." He did.
President William Howard Taft was an ardent baseball fan. Taft made one trip to Boston during his term to attend the 1912 World Series. The Sox won that October, but Taft lost in November. Taft lost his battle for re-election when his former teammate Teddy Roosevelt ran and split the GOP vote to ensure the victory of Democrat Woodrow Wilson.
And then there are the presidents' races during Washington Nationals games. Taft loses most of those too.
Over the last month, the baseball playoffs played out at the same time as the battle over Obamacare. President Obama closed the circle when he showed up in Boston on the same day the Red Sox won the World Series.
The parallels between the Red Sox winning the series and the president's win in the Obamacare battle are eerie. Left handed pitcher Jon Lester beat St. Louis twice in the World Series. The Cardinals didn't do well against lefties and neither did Ted Cruz. Cruz balked in the face of united Democratic opposition to the destruction of the Affordable Care Act.
David Ortiz was a one man wrecking crew in the series. Papi hit over.700 and dominated the Cardinals. Ted Cruz was a one man wrecking crew for the tea party, but he smashed the Republican Party instead of Obamacare.
Ortiz played the role in the World Series that the president did in defending the Affordable Care Act. Cruz and his minions figured the president would flinch, but the chief executive stood fast in the batter's box against the high heater thrown by the right wing.
The Cards lost but they had a great season. So there's little chance that St. Louis manager Mike Matheny will get the boot. No such luck for GOP manager John Boehner. He lost control of his clubhouse to the Tea Party caucus and at some point he'll lose his job. It's easier to change the manager than it is 232 players.
There will be plenty to discuss in the hot stove league. The GOP will have to make big changes to win next year. The Red Sox will take little time to relax and then start the long hard road to winning their fourth World Series of the Ortiz era.