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Posted on October 20th, 2016

There’s an old adage in American politics that the American people do not turn their attention to a presidential election until the World Series is over. 

Like I said, that’s an old adage, and sadly, one that is no longer followed. 

At the age of 64, I’m in a daily battle to avoid becoming an old curmudgeon.  I don’t want to be like Dana Carvey’s “Grumpy Old Man” from Saturday Night Live.  He would say things like, “In my day it was hot and we didn’t have air conditioning and we didn’t have deodorant and we smelled bad and we liked it!” 

I fully realize that a lot of the “good ole days” were actually not very good at all.  And as Carly Simon famously sang, “These are the good ole days.” 

But I do fondly remember a time when the World Series was played on glorious sunlit afternoons in the first week of October.  And I remember when we voters didn’t focus at all on the presidential election until after the final out of the final game of the October Classic. 

But these days the World Series doesn’t even start until late October and runs past Halloween into early November. 

The great American poet, James Whitcomb Riley once wrote, “When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock ….” 

But these days he could write, “When the frost is on the baseball and the batter’s in the box!” 

The presidential election campaign doesn’t just last a few weeks.  It lasts an eternity.  It seems like Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been trading insults now for about a decade. 

I think we’ve all made up our minds on how we’re going to vote in the upcoming election.  And so here’s my advice to every American who, like me, is sick and tired of the 2016 presidential election campaign, which actually started around 2014. 

Let’s all turn our undivided attention now to the World Series.  Every time Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton appear on our TV screen, just grab the remote control channel changer and switch it over to baseball.

I love baseball, but you don’t even have to be a baseball fan to benefit from switching the channel from Trump v. Clinton to the Cleveland Indians v. the Chicago Cubs or the Los Angeles Dodgers.  (As I write these words, the National League Championship Series has not yet ended.) 

And if you are one of these rare individuals who loves politics more than baseball (and, if you are, I suggest you need serious counseling and perhaps medication), I still recommend you switch to the World Series for the next couple of weeks.  Like it or not, election night will be here on November 8th, and as we unfortunately learned in 2000, the election contest might still go on for several weeks after that.  And then, all too soon, the 2020 presidential election campaign will begin when Kanye West announces he’s running for president! 

Lord have mercy. Now, if you’ll pardon me, I’m headed to my den to watch baseball.


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