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From the football field to the political pulpit
February 1st, 2014
02:17 PM ET

On the line of scrimmage: Football and politics

By Deena Zaru

A political primary in America is much like football season. Top players are chosen through a series of nominations, caucuses and conventions, or in other words, an organized recruiting process. Once the field is narrowed and the top players are positioned as starters, it’s a jumble of fumbles, interceptions, setbacks and small victories until the top two candidates make it to the general election—the Super Bowl.

Even our democratic system operates with the same values and the same mechanisms as the game that captures the hearts of millions and millions of Americans.

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Filed under: Peanut Gallery • State of the Union

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