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The Perils of Fandom

Noam Scheiber notes some evidence that Mitt Romney’s not a real Red Sox fan and asks “What is it with these presidential candidates and their baseball loyalties?” The thing of it is that it’s hard out there for a politician. I remember when I was an intern in Chuck Schumer’s office and for some reason the question arose of Schumer’s favorite football team. The staff took the view that it would be impossible for him to ever express a view on the subject, because given that he’d spent his whole life living in the city he wouldn’t be credible for him to be anything other than a Giants or Jets fan, but since the Bills play in New York State and the Giants and Jets don’t, he couldn’t very well root for anyone other than the Bills. Thus, he had no favorite football team.

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