Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

October 8, 2003

by J

Chowdah Bet

Now see, this is the kind of good-natured rivalry that I'd like to see among the Dem candidates. Kerry makes a bet with Dean over the Sox-Yankees series. (No word on whether Dean has accepted.)
With the Boston Red Sox advancing to the American League Championship against the New York Yankees, John Kerry today challenged Howard Dean to a bet that the Sox would take home the pennant. When the Red Sox win the series, John Kerry will expect Dean to send over some Manhattan Chowder, and if the Yankees steal the series, Kerry will send some New England clam chowder to the Dean campaign.
Obviously, it's meant as a dig at Dean in New England (full of Sox fans), but it's not nasty for a change. Dean will probably ignore it, though, and I don't blame him, I guess. Why deign to give someone who's trailing you any publicity for attempting to trade on your popularity?
Posted by J at October 8, 2003 07:32 AM

As one of those good-natured bets that often happen around sporting contests, it doesn't make much sense, as the usual case requires that the two betters reflect something about the team they're betting on. What does Dean have to do with New York? Now, if Kerry made the bet with Hillary Rodham Clinton...

It just shows that Kerry's trying everything to get some attention, but nobody's watching that game.

Posted by: Glen Engel-Cox at October 8, 2003 01:31 PM

Well, Dean was born and raised in New York, got his medical degree there, and IIRC did his residency there. Also, he's on record as having been a serious Yankees fan as a kid (pulling old line-ups out of his memory, things like that.)

He's now saying that he's rooting for the Cubs and the Red Sox, because he likes to root for the underdog.

Posted by: J at October 8, 2003 01:40 PM

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