President Barack Obama may have accidentally alienated the ever-important Houston Rockets voting bloc recently when he compared himself to the defending champion Miami Heat and his opponent, Mitt Romney, to point guard Jeremy Lin.
Now that the RNC has wrapped and the DNC is about to begin, voting season is officially upon us. And seeing as voting season is officially upon us, we should probably start mentally preparing for the kind of dumb, sort of strange sports analogies that are sure to be flung our way.
Romney kicked things off last week by saying this at one of his speeches:
"Let me tell you, if you have a coach that is zero and 23 million, you say it's time to get a new coach. It's time for America to see a winning season again, and we are going to bring it to them."
Powerful. Very powerful. Also, a pretty blatant shot at the Boston Red Sox.
Not to be outdone, in a recent New York Times column, President Obama was quoted as saying this on his ability to defend against Romney’s various attempts to appeal to voters:
No matter what moves Mr. Romney made, the president said, he and his team were going to cut him off and block him at every turn. “We’re the Miami Heat, and he’s Jeremy Lin,” Mr. Obama said, according to the aide.
That comment had a little less mainstream appeal, but hoops fans probably got it within two seconds. Earlier this season, Lin and his New York Knicks were riding high for something like two months when they ran into a Miami Heat-shaped wall on Feb. 23. No matter what they tried to do against LeBron and Co., the Knicks just couldn’t make a dent in the Heat’s armor. They wound up losing 102-88, and they were never quite the same after that loss.
President Obama is essentially saying that no matter what Romney does, he’ll never be able to beat him. That he’s just, well, better than his opposition.
The real question here is: should this be interpreted as a shot at Lin? Probably not. But it’d be hilarious if Fox News interpreted it that way anyway.
President Obama's War on Asians From Harvard Who Became Successful NBA Players has a certain ring to it.