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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Stick a fork in 'im

Football reference trips up GOP hopeful

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. - Note to Sen. Sam Brownback (news, bio, voting record): In Packerland, it's not cool to diss Brett Favre.

The GOP presidential hopeful drew boos and groans Friday at the Wisconsin Republican Party convention when he used a football analogy to talk about the need to focus on families.

"This is fundamental blocking and tackling," he said. "This is your line in football. If you don't have a line, how many passes can Peyton Manning complete? Greatest quarterback, maybe, in NFL history."

...Realizing what he had said, the Kansas Republican slumped at the podium and put his head in his hands.

"That's really bad," he said. "That will go down in history. I apologize."

..."I'm not sure how I recover from this," Brownback said. "My point is we've got to rebuild the family. I'll get off this."
Does Wisconsin really have a Packers litmus test for political candidates? I kinda doubt it. What if, following the smattering of boos, Brownback had said: "oh, you think you've got somebody better?" Turned it into a friendly rivalry thing, instead of the lame apology?