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Your week in sports 'n politics

Posted by Charles P. Pierce  August 11, 2010 02:00 PM

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Any week that coughs up WWE starchild Linda McMahon as a major-party candidate for the United States Senate totally affixes the propeller to the American political beanie. The oppo research isn't really that tough to do, it appears, and I await the outrage from all the brave drug crusaders on the Republican side of the Congress to the elevation of a candidate who made her fortune in a business in which steroids were handed out like Jujubes. (I will be waiting awhile, I fear.) If all the debates are not held in a cage, I'm going to be very disappointed. Really, really well-played, Connecticut. Seriously.

Elsewhere, Drew Brees stepped in it just a bit. Pro Tip: when they take you to see only what they want you to see, then what you see is going to be really, really cool. It's a wonder they didn't show him waterslides and a karaoke bar while they were at it.

And, out in Oregon, former NBA journeyman and semi-legendary bricklayer Chris Dudley is the Republican candidate for governor. Dudley already has bravely run away from one debate, and seems to have a number of other problems, not the least of which is the fact that he hasn't been an Oregonian for very long.

On the other hand, and in the interests of equal time,  it's time to play another round of You Be The Political Consultant. Question: if you were working for a Democratic senatorial candidate in Florida, which of these words and/or phrases would you consider the hardest to spin: "Cuba", "Mike Tyson" -- See? Sports! -- "cocaine," or "vomit-caked yacht"?  Discuss.

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