Monday Morning Mailbag â€“ Political Ads, Korean defectors, AND MORE!
It’s Monday morning. You’re back to school or work after a weekend of football, family, friends, and all sorts of other fun. Today probably isn’t so much fun. That’s where the Monday Mailbag comes in!
What was the coolest news story you saw this weekend? – Matt from Maryland
By far, the coolest story I heard about this weekend was of the North Korean soldier shooting all of his comrades, then fleeing across the DMZ to South Korea to freedom.
I want a movie about this guy. Reminds me of this scene from the opening of the Halle Berry Bond film…
What’s your favorite political ad of all time? – Polly from Portland
By far, my #1 favorite political ad of all time is…
Although, I really loved what the Romney campaign did with Romney’s commanding debate victory last week, when they put out this ad:
One of my all-time favorite political websites is The Living Room Candidate.Â It has every TV presidential campaign ad since Eisenhower. Pure gold.
How great is the world of sports right now? – Sam from Savannah
Well, there’s two parts to this answer. Yes, this time of year is one of the best times of the year for sports. It’s only potentially beat by the spring, when baseball starts, The Masters commences the heart of golf season, and we get March Madness. BUT, right now is also right up there. Unfortunately, my rooting interests have been struggling big time lately, all the way down to my two fantasy football teams. But the magic of sports right now is still overwhelming…
- Ryder Cup: I don’t want to talk about it. The first two days were some of my favorite sports-watching in a long time. The last one… we’re not talking about it.
- Football: From Thursday through Monday, football is king. And it’s beautiful. So, so beautiful. AND, Vanderbilt’s upset at Missouri this weekend not only was a nice “Welcome to the SEC, rookies” but also gave Vanderbilt football their mojo back to have some hope for a bowl bid. Our schedule was frontloaded with top teams, and now we have some hopes to rally back and finish strong. Brand. New. Vanderbilt.
- October baseball: Even if my two favorite teams (Atlanta and St. Louis) ran into each other (controversially) in the one-game Wild Card round. Even if the Athletics went from the mountain-top to the nearly-eliminated valley in a week, risking the Moneyball 2 sequel I want so badly. Even if the Cards and Orioles are both down a game in the division series. October baseball is still magical. However, as much as I love postseason baseball… some of my many teams I’m rooting for need to start winning.
What do you think of the Television season so far? – Tommy from Tulsa
Wow. So much DVR catching up still needed and too much to write here. Probably going to do a He Said, She Said soon about the start to the season. Strong starts, though, forÂ Homeland,Â Boardwalk Empire, Modern Family,Â andÂ Parks and Rec.Â More soon…
Any special plans for Columbus Day? – Christina from Europe
Is that a relative of Christopher’s e-mailing in for the Monday Mailbag? Even though I’ve never done a Monday Mailbag before? Those Columbuses… always charting new territory and being ahead of the curve… as a former U.S. history teacher, some may expect me to cite what Columbus’s role actually was in discovering America versus the mythical role he’s taken on.
What do you think I am? A Communist? I’m with Tony Soprano!
â€śHe discovered America is what he did. He was a brave Italian explorer. And in this house, Christopher Columbus is a hero. End of story.â€ť â€“ Tony Soprano
My friends and family are Democrats who I think are wavering on Obama. How can I subtly persuade them to vote for Mitt Romney? It’s for AMERICA! – Patriotic Patricia from Ohio
PATRICIA! YOU LIVE IN A SWING STATE! THIS IS CRUCIAL! For Democrats who are having a hard time not voting for “LBJ, JFK, and FDR all rolled into one” for re-election, send them Buzz Bissinger’s latest piece for The Daily Beast.
“At the debate, Romney did not simply act like he wanted to be president. He wants to be president. He showed vigor, and enthusiasm, and excitement, a man who wants to lead. It may all be ephemeral, because most of politics is ephemeral, a cynical means to the end of getting elected. But he also revealed compassion that, during the entirety of this absurdly long march, had never been in evidence before. He recognized the needs of the poor. He recognized the need for regulation.”
Then he goes on to explain why Obama has disappointed and failed him as a lifelong Democrat. Enjoy!