Whoever believes there is no divine sense of humor might want to reconsider – especially after the recent occurrence of “the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.”
In other words, Election Day 2021 or, as it will forever be known in Atlanta, “World Champion Day”.
With a superficial sense of timing, politics and the national pastime collided again. And in this case, the victory of “Home of the Braves”.
The first iteration of this column depicted a rhetorical baseball “beaning” of the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, which allowed both to see stars – but not all stars.
The opening day brought a verbal brickbat, delivered by the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue via ESPN, which apparently now stands for Expect Sports Politicized Nonstop.
Sure enough, Joe Biden – even though he was old, slow and confused – apparently had enough verbal and muscle memory to use a “wake weapon.” During his ESPN interview, Joe attacked Georgia’s election reform law, calling it a “cruelty” and “Jim Crow on steroids.” He ignored the fact that the new statute extends early voting to 17 days throughout the country and gives counties the opportunity to add two Sundays with voting for a total of 19 days of early voting.
Do not worry that Biden’s home state, Delaware, does not give a few days early ballot – the fictitious flames, inflated by ESPN, other outlets within the partisan press and, of course, the White House, soon lit a “waking fire”. Ol ‘Joe then came in with his “means” of preference: Major League Baseball (MLB) should move the All-Star Game out of Peach State.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred – no “Mighty Manfred”, he – turned into “Rollover Rob” and quickly made Biden’s bid, with the eerie claim that moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver was the “best way to demonstrate our values As a sport. ” In that case, it was a strange way to demonstrate a commitment to racial justice.
When the All-Star Game left Atlanta, a city with a population of 51% black and historically known as a center of black trade, the financial loss was estimated at $ 100 million.
While MLB put a higher value on virtue signaling than genuine support for a “majority minority city”, it is worth noting that “corporate COVID” also infected Atlanta-based businesses. Both Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines succumbed to the virtue virus, condemned the election reforms in Georgia, and were apparently fine with the loss of the All-Star Game.
But an interesting thing happened in Atlanta. The Braves discovered a vaccine for virtue signaling: victory.
Proving that the late, great catcher-writer-who-became-broadcaster Joe Garagiola was right when he titled his book “Baseball is a Funny Game,” the Braves had the last laugh.
Despite the odds and his own record for win-loss, the Braves eventually pulled over 0.500 for good in August. 6, and then ended the regular season with 88 wins and 73 losses.
In the post-season, Atlanta over-muscle Milwaukee, leaving brewers crying in their beer. They found unlikely star power to defeat the Dodgers and brought the Astros back to Earth, winning the World Series four games for two.
The league final in Houston was particularly impressive, as the Braves closed out the Astros, 7-0.
“Shut out” also accurately describes the political triumphs of the Biden administration in its first year. Simply put, there is none. An illegal invasion. A shameful abandonment of Americans in Afghanistan. Current inflation. Crippled supply lines. Radical school leaders and left-wing politicians who deny custody and replace education with indoctrination.
The latest disturbing developments led to a political uprising that was as unlikely as the Braves’ World Cup – and it happened the same night.
Deep Blue Virginia, a trusted Democrat, elected a Republican governor. Glenn Youngkin, who went from underdog to governor, described the victory as a triumph for everyday Virginia, based on basic principles – and a rejection of radicalism.
With congressional by-elections and several gubernatorial elections scheduled for November 2022, Republican hopefuls are shouting, “Wait until next year!”
Political aspirants, regardless of party emblem, will be wise to remember that campaigning is not a game.
But it is a competition, and with America ready to wake up from its “wakefulness,” voters can be inspired by a spark of the “divine.”
As in “The Divine Comedy.”