If you build it… they won’t come.
Apparently you can’t get Democrats to show up at a Republican game unless, like James Hodgkinson, they’re toting a gun and looking for a massacre. They certainly won’t play ball. Literally.
Despite being a time-honored tradition going back many years, the DNC is refusing to play the RNC at this year’s annual softball game.
RNC sources tell The Daily Caller that they were “stunned” when Democrats abruptly pulled out of the good-natured game between leadership and staffers at opposing political organizations.
The game was an opportunity to put aside the partisan bickering and come together in friendly competition. The decade-old tradition typically ended in staffers having a drink at a nearby bar.
RNC sources familiar with the decision said the DNC told them that “all our players are out in the field this year. We won’t be able to play.”
In the past, good-natured bets would be made between RNC and DNC leadership. In 2014, Sean Spicer and former DNC spox Mo Elleithee made a bet that Mo would shave his head if the DNC lost and Sean would swap Twitter avatars to the DNC logo if the RNC lost.
I know D.C. culture well enough to recognize this as posturing. But the Democrats are clearly afraid of their increasingly deranged base. And they’ve been selling that base the idea that Trump is Hitler or a Russian spy and the Republicans are his collaborators.
So how do you just go out and play softball with Nazi/Russian collaborators? You can’t.
And if the DNC were to do it, the Sandernistas and the DSA would be on their backs. So it’s easier to do a public snub in the hopes of scoring points with a Dem base that is quickly losing its marbles.
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