Last Saturday I authored a file whose spirit was meant to celebrate the rise to prominence of hockey in 2008’s political discourse. A segment of OFB readers, seemingly wired for partisanship, took it the wrong way. Early on in her address to the Republican National Convention Wednesday night in Minnesota, VP nominee Sarah Palin, specifically addressing America’s hockey moms (no small number of whom were in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center bearing hockey mom signs), said, “The difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull?¬† Lipstick.”
It brought down the house. [fast forward to 2:50 in the video below]
I reference the moment now, and this year’s political season again, for its elevation of our game on the world-watched stage that is our presidential nominating process. It doesn’t matter what you think of Sarah, Democrats, Republicans, or American politics. If you love hockey, how can you not like how hockey is being celebrated (associated with perserverance and toughness) in the rhetoric of 2008’s political debates?