Just stick by the quarterback you have

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The Republican presidential nomination campaign is in full swing. That, and the wrangling, charges and countercharges in Washington, have made it difficult to keep track of what’s really going on.

So in the interests of clarity, let me attempt to put things in the perspective of something we here in the South know something about – football.

We know the quarterback is the key to a winning season. But what if a couple of the linemen liked the old quarterback better? They sometimes slip a block to show the quarterback he isn’t very good without them.

Two of the receivers are ticked off because they think he is not throwing to them as much as they deserve, so they don’t run their patterns as crisply as they could.

The tailback was a quarterback last year. He is convinced he could call and execute better plays, so he isn’t always going to lay his body on the line by picking up that blitzing linebacker.

It’s third-and-eight late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line.

The quarterback drops back but can’t find anyone open. A lineman from the left side has shed his blocker and is bearing down, and a linebacker is coming up the middle. No one picks up the onrushing opponents, so the quarterback dashes right, cuts through a small hole opened by the linemen there and picks up four yards.

The disgruntled players say, “See? He isn’t up to the job.”

President Obama may not have been your pick for quarterback. He may not have even been the best choice available, but he is the only one we have. We are at a crucial time in our country’s history. If we don’t play together as a team, we will all lose.

Andy Reese

Augusta

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willie7
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willie7 10/03/11 - 11:44 pm
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Andy, I agree with you
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Andy, I agree with you wholeheartedly!!!!
Let us keep the quarterback we have and united for the better.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 10/04/11 - 12:16 am
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Very good analogy Andy! Very

Very good analogy Andy! Very good indeed!

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desertcat6 10/04/11 - 01:17 am
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Yup, I got it. Democats need

Yup, I got it. Democats need to get on board and work together! No, the three branches of our government need to work together to allow the President to continue to lead us down the path many find objectionable regardless of the system of checks and balances inherent in the constitution. Pardon me for not wanting to get on that bus.

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carcraft 10/04/11 - 05:49 am
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When you have a quarter back

When you have a quarter back who can't read a defense, can't execute a play has no experiance but is all mouth what do you do? You lose and lose and lose. No matter how good the line, no matter how good the recievers, no matter the capabilities of the runing back if the quarter back doesn't know what he is doing, refuses to listen to the coach (the American people) and can't execute plays you lose and don't get much yardage...LOL what a simplistic analogy. Obama couldn't quarter back in pee wee league much less the pros! I'll give you an example, Solyndra. The business plan was stupid, build solar panels at a cost of $6, sell them for them $3 dollars when they are avilble for $2. Be told by the OMB that this is stupid but press ahead anyway. When the company goes bankrupt (surprise) you tell the American people on national TV "We knew there would be winners and losers" Of coourse Obama wasn't gambling with his money! LOL

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copperhead 10/04/11 - 06:30 am
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When your quarterback keeps

When your quarterback keeps handing the ball to the other team on every play, it MAY be time to switch! OR switch teams!

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Riverman1 10/04/11 - 06:59 am
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Obama is a nice enough person

Obama is a nice enough person and represents America well. All he has to do is run the plays we give him and say what we tell him in interviews and he'll make a good quarterback. The Republicans are the coaches and Arthur Blank on the sidelines.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 10/04/11 - 08:12 am
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So we just have to "settle"
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So we just have to "settle"

Mr. Reese?

Carleton Duvall
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Carleton Duvall 10/04/11 - 08:14 am
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Steve Spurrier just changed

Steve Spurrier just changed quarterbacks.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 10/04/11 - 09:09 am
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I prefer to have the feeling

I prefer to have the feeling that the quarterback is actually playing for my team. I do not get that warm fuzzy from what I have seen from this guy. Besides, the only play he knows is hand off and go to the left.

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Dudeness 10/04/11 - 09:45 am
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This analogy makes sense only

This analogy makes sense only if you think of it in a slightly different perspective from the author (perhaps a perspective closer to reality). All of these people on Obama's team (his administration) are indeed failing at their jobs, but not because they have it out for him. They are failing because they too are benchwarmers at best and likely too incompetent to comprehend a playbook. I certainly have not heard any of the players on his team say anything about Obama not being up to the job (not since he became the quarterback anyway). Rather, it is the other teams (conservatives, independents, some democrats) and leagues (other nations, countries who have been down this same path) who are pointing out his failures and the fact that the very plays he continually tries to run straight up the middle for losses have been tried and failed repeatedly in the past.

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Chillen 10/04/11 - 09:52 am
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Obama's a great quarterback

Obama's a great quarterback if you like the water boy being put in the position even though he has zero experience and he is incapable of getting the job done.

I say NOPE to obama in 2012. He'll be a one hit wonder. He and Jimmy Carter can start a failed administration museum together.

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allhans 10/04/11 - 10:40 am
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Suppose the quarterback is

Suppose the quarterback is intentionally throwing the game?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/04/11 - 12:02 pm
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Someone has no clue as to how
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Someone has no clue as to how a "team" is made up. If you have a moron taking the snap, then the "team" will play like the Univ. of New Mexico.

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follower 10/04/11 - 12:05 pm
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I support a trade.

I support a trade.

harley_52
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harley_52 10/04/11 - 12:13 pm
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He bet the team would lose

He bet the team would lose and has been throwing away every game played. We'll be winless when the season ends and in desperate need of a quarterback who has the same goals as the team.

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Riverman1 10/04/11 - 12:36 pm
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I think Tim Tebow would make

I think Tim Tebow would make a great president. He could even cry for us if he did something wrong and promise to do better.

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bjphysics 10/04/11 - 02:23 pm
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But, but…what if he’s running

But, but…what if he’s running the wrong way down the football field?
And it’s the 3rd or 4th time he’s done it?

Chillen
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Chillen 10/04/11 - 03:18 pm
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BJ, I don't think obama's

BJ, I don't think obama's even made it to the field yet. He's still trying to find the locker room.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 10/04/11 - 06:15 pm
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Andy, let me put it in terms
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Andy, let me put it in terms of my favorite sport, Baseball. When a pitcher is continually pitching balls that are getting hit out of the ballpark, and the pitcher's team is losing more and more, the pitching coach pulls him and puts in someone else. It's time for a new pitcher. Honestly, Obama wasn't even a pitcher. He was more of a batboy.

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Pu239 10/04/11 - 10:46 pm
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Pain heals....chicks dig
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Pain heals....chicks dig scars....GLORY....lasts forever...

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 10/05/11 - 01:26 pm
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Leaving the starting

Leaving the starting quarterback in the game too long has lost many a ball game.

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