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Thursday, October 21, 2004

Politics: A Few 'Good Guys' on the Right Side 

Today's e-mail update from the Bush campaign included an open letter signed by 24 athletes, most of whom are fairly well-known, voicing their support for the President this election year.

The fight against terrorism takes decisiveness. It takes continued support for our troops and first responders. But most importantly, it takes courage and inspirational leadership in the White House. In these critical times, our President has had the courage to stand up and do what's right.

For that and for his unwavering character, we choose George W. Bush as our President for the next four years. He is a leader we can depend on to make the tough decisions and the right decisions. Please join us in supporting a candidate of courage, President Bush--a leader who backs our troops defending our nation and shares our values.
Two of the undersigned names jumped out at me: Craig Biggio and Carlos Beltran, both of my beloved Houston Astros. Both inclusuions surprised me as Biggio hails from the Northeast, Beltran from Puerto Rico. Neither are conservative hotbeds.

Now I'm not big on celebrity politics. Most of the instances where celebs voice their idealogy are ill-timed, and the opiners are often ill-informed. But this is a little different. It's just a letter stating a case for why these folks think President Bush deserves to remain in office. If either of these guys used a postgame interview to snipe at Kerry or make a pro-Bush statement, I'd cringe a little bit. But this letter is an appropriate means for making a statement, and I'm glad to see that two of my favorite ballplayers share the beliefs that I hold.


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