Tancredo Wants to Bet His Candidacy on the World Series

This has got to be the dumbest thing I have seen a Presidential candidate do in quite a while. Representative Tom Tancredo of Colorado has challenged fellow Republican nomination-seeker Mitt Romney to a bet: since the Colorado Rockies (Tancredo’s team) are playing the Boston Red Sox (Romney’s team) in the World Series, Tancredo has proposed that whichever candidate’s team loses the Series, that person should drop out of the Presidential race.

I don’t think I need to point out how idiotic it is to wager one’s political future on the outcome of a sporting event. I also shouldn’t have to mention how much this could damage Congressman Tancredo’s credibility. I mean, if the man is willing to bet his entire Presidential campaign on whether or not the Rockies play well in the Fall Classic, how seriously should we as voters be considering him for the most powerful job in the world? My opinion: not very.

To make matters worse, the Red Sox have had a terrific year (96–66 during the season). It probably isn’t very wise to bet against them during the World Series. Tancredo must really be looking for a reason to get out of the race.

To his credit, Mitt Romney has exhibited the class and common sense to decline Tancredo’s ridiculous challenge. On behalf on the former Massachusetts governor, a campaign spokesman announced that Romney “is running to win.” That may seem like an obvious statement regarding someone who is campaigning to become the President of the United States, but in light of Tancredo’s actions, perhaps it needed to be said.


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