Allen plays for dollars in Detroit
The Washington Post's Political Blog has this item about a fundraiser George Allen is hosting this week in Detroit featuring a litany of the NFL's owners and former stars. I believe that Allen's connection with the NFL will be very significant come 2008. The NFL is the most popular professional sport by a longshot. The average American watches and understands football, and a Presidential candidate who does the same is someone they can identify with. You might recall that during the 2004 campaign the website Football Fans for Truth lampooned John Kerry's apparent lack of knowledge about sports. It was the perception that Kerry was not a "man of the people" that helped contribute to his demise, despite Bush's unpopularity.
Allen certainly won't face the same problem that plagued Kerry, but his problem might just be that he's too much like Bush. Of course, as you can tell by the comments at the WaPo blog, Democrats keep levelling the same old attacks against Allen that failed to work against Bush such as:
"He's riding his daddy's coattails"
"His public persona is fake"
and of course the old standard "He's a racist"
What these folks don't understand is that George Allen connects with the average American in the same way George Bush does. They like him, they trust him, they identify with him. That is why George Allen is electable, and Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, John Kerry and Al Gore are not. Until the Dems get that figured out, they'll keep losing Presidential elections.