A Pitchers' Duel
In which Will Durst discovers the haunting parallels between political conventions and baseball, with the exception that the food is better at Dodger Stadium than at Staples.
The competition between Democratic and Republican nominating conventions is a lot like a baseball game, in which the incumbent party is the home team. That's why they always have "last ups" at the convention World Series. The score is kept in terms of "bounce." And the Republicans, this election cycle's visiting team, scored pretty well in the early innings.
But Gore -- the Democrats' ace reliever -- came into the game to relieve starter Bill Clinton and immediately pitched a mean change-up: His choice of Joseph Lieberman had the GOP swinging at air. After the Philly circus -- complete with the modern version of a minstrel show -- the Orthodox Jew knocked the Republicans off their diversity rhythm. But the Democrats played a predictably bland game from there on out: not too much defense, and definitely very little offense. Gore was last up and hit better than his average, but failed to deliver a game-winning homer. The crowd was disappointed, but not surprised. And everyone's still trying to figure out the score.