NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

July 13, 2013

Lessons learned, from baseball to politics

Bill Plante
Newburyport Daily News

---- — “So what’s new?” I asked Big Freddy as I wedged myself into my side of the booth.

“Where?” he asked.

“Wherever,” I said.

“We don’t have the time,” Freddy said.

“I didn’t ask about time, I asked what’s new,” I said.

“So let me count some of the ways,” Freddy said. “How about the Sox?’’

“Good choice,” I said. “They’re going great.”

“Lessons learned,” Freddy said.

“Lessons?” I asked.

“A team divided against itself cannot win ball games,” Freddy said.

“That’s from Lincoln’s speech,” I said. “‘A house divided against itself cannot stand,’ back when he was running for Congress. But Jesus Christ said that a very long time ago, and look at what happened to Him.”

“Whatever — it’s true,” Freddy said.

“Look at the Sox. Last year, they were torn apart inside out and it was sour grapes. They clean house, and this year, no matter what from hang nails to slippery slopes, they find ways to win and they’re riding high.”

“Too bad Congress can’t find a way to do that,” I said.

“It’s a mixed bag in a state of flux,” Freddy said.

“Flux?” I asked. “Seems more like constipation.”

“Obama wins going away, and the Democrats increase their hold in the Senate.” Freddy said. “But despite winning universal healthcare, he can’t get anything out of the House, and healthcare is on hold for another year.

“Healthcare is on hold because they haven’t figured out how to make it work for one thing, and the House is divided against itself by what’s left of the Tea Party that Boehner can’t move for another.”

“Both he and Obama are between a rock and a hard place,” I said.

“And that’s the way it’s going to be for the next 14 months when it will be no holds barred by the Democrats to take back the House and not lose the Senate,” Freddy said.

“One party government,” I said.

“If they can pull it off,” Freddy said.

Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist.