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Buzz Bissinger: Why Iím Voting for Mitt Romney (Jumping off the Hope and Change train)
The Daily Beast ^ | 10/8/12 | Buzz Bissinger

Posted on 10/08/2012 1:07:36 PM PDT by barmag25

When I told my wife Lisa that I was writing a column supporting Mitt Romney for president, her reaction was both impressive and revealing:

“Why don’t you write about the infield fly rule?”

It is impressive that anyone actually understands the infield fly rule, one of those arcane mysteries of life in baseball that became the subject of a riot in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves Friday in the first ever Wild Card One versus Wild Card Two playoff game. It is also true that my normal bailiwick is sports.

The revealing part is that she would suggest the infield fly rule as column fodder, a clear signal that support of Republican nominee Romney over President Obama is not something she looks forward to seeing in print and could well create a War of the Tates. We have already agreed to no longer discuss politics.

This is not a frivolous decision, nor is it an easy one. I grew up on the Upper West Side of New York, arguably the country’s nexus of liberalogy, where it wouldn’t have surprised me in the least as a child to discover that my parents, along with all the other attendees in some garret reminiscent of the French Resistance, had thrown eggs at Abbie Hoffman at a political get-together because he wasn't liberal enough.

Voting for a president is based on a combination of factual and emotional perception. The tipping point was last week’s debate in Denver. Romney finally did what he should have done all along instead of his balky cha cha with the old white men of the conservative Republican wing: he acted as the moderate he is, for the first time running as himself, not against himself, embracing his record as governor of Massachusetts.

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1 posted on 10/08/2012 1:07:45 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25

??

He didn’t run as a moderate in the debate.

He ran as a LEADER.

This just reinforces someething I’ve been saying all along - “moderates” are really looking for leadership, rather than ideology. When you give them leadership, they will follow you. This is why Reagan won moderates despite not being one himself. He projected the image of strength and decisiveness. Moderates tend to post-facto assume that because they are attracted to leadership, that this makes the one they’re attracted to “moderate.”


2 posted on 10/08/2012 1:13:43 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (It's time to make Obama a minor footnote in the pages of history)
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To: barmag25

Your Hope has been Redistributed. Here’s your Change.


3 posted on 10/08/2012 1:21:20 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: barmag25

What is the infield fly rule?..............


4 posted on 10/08/2012 1:22:23 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

He’s not there yet, but coming around. Just waking up I guess.


5 posted on 10/08/2012 1:24:02 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25

Wow. If you read this article, he thinks Romney will kick conservatives out and rule as a Democrat.


6 posted on 10/08/2012 1:27:01 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Red Badger

This is reference to the Braves-Cards game where the ump called the IFR when the ball was 40 feet beyond the infield.

The IFR states that when there 1 or 0 outs, if there is a man on first, any fly ball in the infield is called an out. This will prevent the defense from intentionally dropping the ball to force a double-play.


7 posted on 10/08/2012 1:27:46 PM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: nickcarraway

This is one of the stages of liberal defeat. Also, it is an attempt to split the base.


8 posted on 10/08/2012 1:29:26 PM PDT by Perdogg (Vote like the US Constitution depends on it - it does!!)
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To: Red Badger
What is the infield fly rule?

It has to do with baseball, especially this time of year when the flies are out in abundance.

If a player is playing infield and the flies start buzzing all around his head, the umpire, at his discretion, may call a brief timeout to get some fly spray and douse the infielder.

Usually this does the trick, but occasionally it may take two or three dousings ...thus the metaphor.

9 posted on 10/08/2012 1:29:39 PM PDT by The Citizen Soldier (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everyone stands around reloading.)
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To: Yashcheritsiy

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He didn’t run as a moderate in the debate.

...the real question to ask is why take anything this individual, he who considers his ‘bailiwick’ to be sports, says seriously in the first place...after all, he thinks it would be a peachy keen idea to ban college football, based on the fact that some schools make more money off it than others...


10 posted on 10/08/2012 1:29:39 PM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: Yashcheritsiy

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He didn’t run as a moderate in the debate.

...the real question to ask is why take anything this individual, he who considers his ‘bailiwick’ to be sports, says seriously in the first place...after all, he thinks it would be a peachy keen idea to ban college football, based on the fact that some schools make more money off it than others...


11 posted on 10/08/2012 1:29:43 PM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: nickcarraway

Just as long as he votes Romney/Ryan.


12 posted on 10/08/2012 1:31:14 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: IrishBrigade

...thother question to ask is how did I get bit by the double post gremlin...I thought I was being real careful...


13 posted on 10/08/2012 1:31:28 PM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: Yashcheritsiy
I’ve been saying all along - “moderates” are really looking for leadership, rather than ideology...

Interesting theory.

14 posted on 10/08/2012 1:32:37 PM PDT by stayathomemom (Beware of kittens modifying your posts.)
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To: IrishBrigade

The FR patented ‘Double post Gremlin’ is a sneaky character that will attack when you least expect it. Be extra careful my FRiend.


15 posted on 10/08/2012 1:34:21 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: Perdogg

This guy is Romney’s base.


16 posted on 10/08/2012 1:36:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Yashcheritsiy

Exactly what is a “moderate”, and why is it considered a good thing to be?

The very word implies that both conservatives and liberals are “extremists”. The “moderate” is therefore somewhere in the squishy middle. That’s good, right?

Well, actually, it’s only good if one assumes that both conservatives and liberals are *wrong*, and that the right approach lies at some indeterminate point in the middle. (It also assumes that the choices lie on some one-dimensional linear continuum — which is actually false. But, let’s set that aside for now.)

Now, let’s suppose that the *right* policies lie more toward one end or the other of that (imaginary) continuum. For instance, let’s assume that the best policies are held by those at the right-hand side of that continuum — i.e. by conservatives. That is, after all what most people reading this site assume; and it is what many thousands of posts here have made a clear case for. What does that make the “moderate” then? It makes the “moderate” only somewhat less wrong (about nearly everything) than the liberal extremists.

Of course, real politic demands that a pragmatic politician (i.e. one that actually wants to WIN) can’t get too far out in front of the electorate. First win, then prove to the mushy middle (”moderates”) that conservative principles work. Step by step, the electorate will be moved toward the right, as conservative theories prove themselves in practice.

At least, that last part is how it works on the planet I just visited — where the unicorn still roams free. On this planet, we still have to contend with leftists spin doctors, air-headed Hollywierdos, and the MSM all bleating soothingly to keep the sheeple in line.


17 posted on 10/08/2012 1:38:13 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: Perdogg

Has it ever been used before?

Has it ever decided the outcome of a game?

Has it ever been used in a playoff?

Has it ever become a scandal?.................


18 posted on 10/08/2012 1:38:20 PM PDT by Red Badger (Is it just me, or is Hillary! starting to look like Benjamin Franklin?.................)
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To: Red Badger

Runner on 1st or 1st and 2nd with less than 2 out. On an easily caught pop fly to the infield, batter is automatically called out. It eliminates the possibility of an infielder intentionally dropping the pop fly, recovering the ball, and then turning a double or triple play using force outs at bases.

Looked to me like the infield fly rule was misapplied in the Atlanta/ Cards game. The ball was in short left field and it fell between the shortstop and the left fielder after the infield fly rule had been invoked. It was a very controversial call and there are plenty on either side of the argument.


19 posted on 10/08/2012 1:38:59 PM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
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To: Perdogg

The reason I posted this is because this guy is a famous lefty author who is going through the stages I witnessed several family members go through this past year.

My lefty family members were so full of hope and change (among other things) when Obama was elected and so proud of it to. When I asked why none of them can articulate the argument why.

As of late ALL and I do mean ALL of those members have jumped off the hope and change train and have veered rightward.

Each one of them went through plenty of second guessing in the process and they all sounded the same way in the beginning. Buzz Bissinger now sounds just like they did when they began to wake up and question everything they were told.

Now those same former Obama voters are looking at news a different way and from different sources and yes, some of them are lurking around here.

On a good note all of them live in Ohio and will be casting ballots for Romney/Ryan.


20 posted on 10/08/2012 1:41:35 PM PDT by barmag25
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To: barmag25

I’m sure he’ll be thrilled to reelect Romney once he has purged the evil conservatives from the party. Conservatives are the new useful idiots.


21 posted on 10/08/2012 1:43:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: barmag25

Wow.

That’s pretty amazing. I love anecdotal stories about people waking up- and how nice for you that you’ve got your family back!


22 posted on 10/08/2012 1:55:41 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Holidays were painful for a while. I’m sure a lot of freepers have very similar stories.


23 posted on 10/08/2012 2:05:09 PM PDT by barmag25
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24 posted on 10/08/2012 3:15:26 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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