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The Football Factor

By Matthew Yglesias  

"The Football Factor"

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People say they’d rather watch a football game with Barack Obama than with John McCain by a narrow 50-47 margin.

I’d be more interested in turning this issue around. There’s a swathe of the population for whom, even if you think McCain would be a better president, you’d still guess that socializing with an ornery old man would be unpleasant. Given that, what would be the best possible McCain-related social scenario. I’m thinking that watching a football game’s not a bad choice. One of the best things about football is its broad demographic appeal — black and white, young and old, etc.

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