When in Wisconsin…

13May07

Senator Brownback was in Lake Geneva the day before last, campaigning for voters as the primaries draw closer. Attempting to make a football analogy in a football crazy state, Brownback compared the value of family- a central focus of his campaign thus far- to the importance of a strong offensive line.

“This is fundamental blocking and tackling. This is your line in football.” That was all well and good, but his next line raised a few eyebrows; Brownback continued, “If you don’t have a line, how many passes can Peyton Manning complete? Greatest quarterback, maybe, in NFL history.” With Lambeau Field mere hours away, referring to an Indianapolis Colt as the greatest signal caller in history certainly wasn’t a good move.

His recovery, though, also could have used some more work. “That’s really bad… that will go down in history. I apologize,” he began, before finally praising local hero Brett Favre. “Let’s take Favre then. The Packers are great. I’m sorry. How many passes does he complete without a line?”

Brownback could only have groaned in despair when that question was greeted with a hearty yell by a man in the back: “All of them!” 

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