As baseball fans know, Bill Buckner will forever be remembered for an embarrassing error at a crucial moment in the 1986 World Series. Red Sox fans curse his name to this day.
Four months ago, Martha Coakley was leading in the polls by 30 points. Scott Brown just beat her. In the race for the Senate seat previously occupied by Ted Kennedy. With health care legislation that is the centerpiece of the Democratic Party’s agenda potentially hanging in the balance.
Yes, that legislation is unpopular, and Brown ran a nearly flawless campaign. But he couldn’t have won without Coakley’s amazingly terrible performance. When we think of people from Massachusetts choking horribly, the names of Buckner and Coakley shall forever be linked.
UPDATE: Look, I’m not much of sports fan. To be honest, the only reason I know who Bill Buckner is from a line in Fever Pitch. On the argument going on in the comments over whether or not Buckner deserves the reputation for choking, I take no position, but the fact that I’m aware of this reputation is surely evidence that it does in fact exist…
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