With time running out, it’s fourth and goal from the one yard line. “W,” down by three points, stands behind center and scans the defense. Linebackers Harry Reid and Teddy Kennedy appear ready to crash in from the left and stop any nominee trying to score for Team Bush from the right. But “W” has any number of strong backs (Janice Brown and Michael McConnell, just to name two) who can get the job done and leap over Dick Durbin to paydirt. Plus, he has an offensive line of determined conservatives who outnumber the Democrats at the point of attack.
Suddenly, however, “W” stands up, making a “T” with his hands. He calls timeout. The fans who got him to this point wait breathlessly, hoping to see a daring play into the end zone.
But what’s this? Instead of seeing a powerful running back trot onto the field, they rub their eyes in wonder and dismay. An unknown Bush confidante walks out and lines up to kick not a game-winning but a game-tying field goal.
The question is: Will the conservatives block for her?