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Ruth's Ghost busted by Red Sox-- Will BoSox give BoTox a boost for BoTox to win 'stead of lose or will voters tilt to Dubya to wilt the Ghost of Dukakis on Stilts in Bush-Kerry Series.

            Here's the latest baseball update.  The Boston Red Sox made baseball history last night by "busting" the Ghost of Babe Ruth in beating the New York Yankees for the American League pennant.  Their come-from-behind victory after a 0-3 deficit also made history.  Here's the World Series schedule according to Major League Baseball's website:

Boston Red Sox vs. Nat'l League Champion (Pending Astros-Cardinals game 7 tonight in Houston at 8:00 pm)

GAME    MATCHUP                                      DAY               DATE  TIME         TV

Game 1  NL Champion @ Boston Red Sox     Saturday        Oct. 23 7:30 p.m. FOX 

Game 2  NL Champion @ Boston Red Sox     Sunday          Oct. 24 7:30 p.m. FOX 

Game 3  Boston Red Sox @ NL Champion     Tuesday         Oct. 26 8:00 p.m. FOX 

Game 4  Boston Red Sox @ NL Champion     Wednesday    Oct. 27 8:00 p.m. FOX 

Game 5* Boston Red Sox @ NL Champion     Thursday        Oct. 28 8:00 p.m. FOX 

Game 6* NL Champion @ Boston Red Sox     Saturday        Oct. 30 7:30 p.m. FOX 

Game 7* NL Champion @ Boston Red Sox     Sunday          Oct. 31 7:30 p.m. FOX 

Source:  http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/schedule/ps_04.jsp.

            Baseball pundits are ecstatic.   Political pundits are even more ecstatic.  Kerry supporters will glom onto the BoSox come-from-behind victory as a harbinger of a come-from-behind victory for BoTox against Dubya, but Dubya supporters will remind them that the BoSox's come-from-behind victory in the playoffs is merely a metaphor for BoTox's come-from-behind victory in the primaries.  

            Regardless of whether the Astros or the Cardinals win the National League tonight, political pundits will be unable to resist using the World Series as a metaphor for the presidential-election contest between George W. Bush and John Kerry because in either case, the World Series will pit "Bush Country" (Texas or Missouri) against the land of Dukakis on Stilts.  Can George Will survive such a double-whammy punditry challenge?  Surely the Ghost of Ted Williams will be rooting for BoSox but not BoTox.  (Williams trained as a pilot with Bush 43's father in W.W.II.)

            Will it be the BoSox against the Cardinals as a metaphor for Botox against "Busch Country"?  Will it be the BoSox against the Astros as a metaphor for BoTox against Bush Country?  Who has the edge-- the man with BoTox under his skin or the man with Rosin under his skin?  

  Who has the edge-- the man with BoTox under his skin or the man with Rosin under his skin?  Will the BoSox as the Cinderella team change the BoTox man into the Cinderella candidate?  These questions are raising eyebrows (except Kerry's, of course.)

            Dubya's critics think he left too many on base in the presidential debate series, but I think he scored more runs than were counted since the country will be voting for a Commander-in-Chief rather than Debate-Team Captain.  Notwithstanding polls predicting a tight race, I predict that Bush will win by what will be the equivalent of a four-game sweep.  Why?  When a majority (52% to 56%) are standing in the voting booth, they'll remember at a gut level not being sure where Kerry "stands" on Operation Iraqi Freedom, which is the main front in the war against Islamic Fascism thanks to Bush's wisdom in playing "strategery" chess in contrast to the tic-tac-toe tactics favored by Kerry.  In asking whether Operation Iraqi Freedom is laying the foundation for making us safer in the long run, they'll remember the question Bush posed yesterday to those claiming it has "increased" terrorism.  The gist of his question was this:  "Do you really think that if we hadn't toppled Saddam Hussein those terrorists who've moved into Iraq to battle against our troops and the Iraqi people's progress towards a human-rights-respecting democracy would now be spending their time as productive, civic-minded citizens trying to make the world a better place?"

--Jim Wrenn, Editor at PoliSat.com.



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