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Sunday, October 12, 2021

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Sarah Palin took her “hockey mom” credentials to the National Hockey League level last night at Philadelphia’s Wachovia Center, where she dropped by to drop the ceremonial first puck for the Flyers’ 2008-09 home opener.

It was a somewhat controversial appearance within NHL circles, with a chief pro-con argument being that hockey/entertainment and politics shouldn’t mix. That argument is moot, because indeed, that mix was precisely the point when it comes to Pennsylvania:

Yet John McCain’s campaign continues to signal that it intends to contest the state and its 21 electoral votes to the end. It is a high-risk, high-return endeavor: Pennsylvania represents a costly gambit, one that siphons resources from must-win states such as Ohio and Florida, but a win here would enable McCain to lose a few other states that George W. Bush carried and still capture the White House.

So with 23 days until Election Day, the state finds itself at the epicenter of the presidential campaign, with both sides spending precious time and money trying to energize their respective bases and drive up their opponents’ negatives.

So yes, it was a campaign appearance for locking up the Keystone State’s electoral votes. Honestly, do you expect a vice-presidential candidate to not attend to the business of winning in November only three weeks before Election Day?

Unfortunately for the home team, the visiting New York Rangers won 4-3. Meaning that regardless of whether she’s VP or just a hockey mom after November 4th, I kinda doubt Palin will be invited back for another puck drop anytime soon.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/12/2021 06:57:39 PM
Category: Hockey, Politics
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