The 2012 presidential race is heating up, so it's time for the sports analogies. We can thank our current president for the latest one, as he turns to the basketball court to compare himself to this year's opponent.
Obama on Romney in NYT (and via anonymous aide): "We're the Miami Heat, and he's Jeremy Lin." nytimes.com/2012/09/03/us/…— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_SI) September 3, 2012
It appears that Barack Obama clearly believes he has the best team out there, and by comparing Mitt Romney to Lin, he seems to be saying that his opponent is more of a flash in the pan.
But this could go in another direction. Generally, not many people outside of Florida like the Heat. Meanwhile, Lin became a nationwide phenomenon, and arguably for a brief stint, the most popular player in the NBA in 2012.
Obama could have played it safe and called Romney the Charlotte Bobcats, but as a Bulls fan, it's likely the president would think twice before using Michael Jordan's team as an insult.
The second worst team were the Washington Wizards, obviously not an option due to their location. The third worst was the New Orleans Hornets, another presumable non-option due to the city's recent struggles with Hurricane Issac.
Next up are the Cleveland Cavaliers, another poor choice considering Ohio is one of the states typically up for grabs.
So perhaps rather than use a Jeremy Lin comparison for Romney, the president should have turned to the NBA's fifth-worst team: the Sacramento Kings. A team with such a small fan base and plenty of questions about its future would have been the perfect insult.