To get his Ohio rallies up and rolling, Kerry used a set of jokes to open his events. In Bowling Green, his shtick went something like this:
“If you elect me and my running mate, John Edwards, we are going to give you the courageous leadership you need. We’ll take the tough positions, the courageous positions, the tough stands. But there’s one tough position I will not take: I am not going to choose between the Falcons and the Rockets” — this is a local reference to the well-known rivalry between Bowling Green University and the University of Toledo.
“I will say this,” he added. “There is nothing better than Buckeye football, period!”
Kerry used this set piece several times in Ohio, to great effect, never mind the waffling with the generality of “Buckeye” football. Was he talking Ohio State University specifically? Or just football in the state in general? Only Kerry knows.
But then Kerry dug a huge hole for himself. On Sunday and into Monday, Kerry hit Michigan, where he attempted to use the same Ohio jokes. Clearly, the sports humor has to be taken out of his hands before he really embarrasses himself.
“I just came here from Bowling Green,” Kerry told the crowd to subdued applause. “I was smart enough not to pick a choice between the Falcons and the, well, you know, all those other teams out there. I just go for Buckeye football, that’s where I’m coming from.”
At that point, before all the boos began raining down upon him, Kerry seemed to realize his error. In an attempt to silent the angry crowd of University of Michigan supporters, Kerry said, “But that was while I was in Ohio. I know I’m in the state of Michigan and you got a great big M and a powerhouse of a team.” Then his face, presumably, the Botox permitting, turned Big Blue.
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