• …And It All Comes Down to a Football Game

    Twenty-one months on the trail, over one billion dollars expended, international tours, six-figure wardrobes and untold numbers of slanderous attacks… and that was just Mitt Romney's primary campaign.

    But seriously, did you realize that despite all the time and effort and money devoted to this election, all along it was going to be decided by a football game?

    Since 1936, the outcome of the last Redskins home game before Election Day has correctly predicted the winner of the presidential race. No, seriously. For 64 years and 17 U.S. presidential elections, if the Redskins won the game, the incumbent party won the White House. If they lost, so did the incumbent party.

    Tonight the Redskins play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. If the Redskins win, the Republicans keep the White House. If the Steelers win, in march the Democrats.

    Now, personally, as a Washington Insider, I am an enormous Redskins fan, having loved them since my earliest memories. On the other hand, as an employee of Comedy Central, I am contractually obligated to support Sen. Barack Obama (at least after the three socialist candidates are eliminated.)

    Equally conflicted might be the actual Redskins players, who overwhelmingly support Obama according to a reporter's unofficial survey.

    So what's a Washington Democrat to do? As it turns out, nothing at all. The streak ended in 2004.

    Right around the start of Romney's campaign.

    Tags: Barack Obama, John McCain, Pennsylvania, Washington DC


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