I Prefer Tennis to Politics

Two heavyweight competitions have and are taking place. The match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the finals of the Australian Open was breathtaking in intensity, physical endurance and tennis mastery. For close to six hours, the two battled in a fashion unseen in the history of tennis. What a pleasure to watch, what a tribute to sports.

At the same time, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are battling for the Republican nomination for President of the United States. The primary has moved to Florida in the long build-up to the August Convention. After Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, neither candidate has been able to declare victory, although certain pretenders have dropped out. We seem to have a final between just the two, but we have no deciding fifth set.

A comparison between a tennis match and a presidential primary race may seem unfair. But, if one follows the politics, the rhetoric between the candidates has all the brutality of certain sports, with, however, none of the elegance or sportsmanship. I tried to explain Sarah Palin to European audiences during the last presidential campaign with little enthusiasm or conviction. She was an embarrassment. This time is different, with other candidates, but the embarrassment remains. The level of debate is not dignified, the issues raised by both are petty and outside the important problems facing the United States and the rest of the world. Presidential politics is not a game.

Last time I tried to explain Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. This time I will try to explain how the Republican Party has such poor candidates.



This is normal if one prefers Tennis to Politics because Tennis is a sport and sport eliminates stresses, but the policy causes the stress. In addition, await the outcome of a presidential election makes people very tense. Then you better play tennis than to take the lead for a place at the white house.

Écrit par : remerciement mariage | 08/02/2012

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