Morning Money Quotes

The NYT on the GOP’s efforts to dislodge Kentucky senator and baseball Hall of Famer Jim Bunning:

He declared in a speech last month that the cancer-stricken Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would probably be dead in nine months. (He then apologized in a statement that twice misspelled her name.) He threatened to sue the National Republican Senatorial Committee if it backed a primary challenger. And he hinted at a Capitol Hill fund-raiser last week that he was so mad at some in his party that he might just quit and let Kentucky’s Democratic governor pick his successor.

China View quotes Cuban dictator emeritus Fidel Castro on the World Baseball Classic:

Castro said in an article published on Tuesday by “Cuba debate” that their players were top-notch youngsters and he was confident that they would win.

Dan Steinberg of  the D.C. Sports Bog interviews the fan who (good-naturedly) heckled President Obama at a recent Bulls-Wizards tilt:

“The usher told me I had to be on my best behavior,” Rawls recalled. “I said ‘For what?’ She said, ‘The President’s sitting right in front to you.’ I said, ‘Well, he best enjoy the show, because y’all know I don’t pull no punches. For $285, y’all know what I do. I have me a good time.’ “

Yours truly writing about presidential athletes over at ESPN the Magazine (yeah, it’s from November, but I’m linking to it anyway):

Time was when we as a people demanded that our presidents own land, be Episcopalian and look dashing in powdered wigs. In the modern age, though, the “guy I’d like to drink a beer with” narrative of leadership has taken over. And what better way to show you’re beer-worthy than to prove (or have proved) your mettle on our fields and courts of play. It’s a political tradition as cherished as kissing babies and doing snow angels in piles of dirty money.


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