One of the funniest and oddest storylines to come out of the last two Super Bowls, where the New England Patriots made an epic comeback in 2017 over the Atlanta Falcons but fell short to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2018, is that it is some sort of proxy war in the world of politics.
Since President Trump is close friends with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, as well as head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady, the parties are somehow forever connected. And because Trump has been endorsed by white supremacists and botched his handling of the Charlottesville riots, where he called white supremacists "very fine people," the Patriots are now all of a sudden white supremacists.
Look how Guardian contributing opinion writer Daniel Jose Camacho characterized the Patriots' Sunday night loss to the Eagles.
And this is how C.J. Werleman described the Patriots organization.
Never forget the Patriots are a rotten organization, lead by a cheat, a coach who breaks every rule, and a billionaire owner who endorses Trump's white supremacy.— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) February 5, 2018
On the other end, Evan Grossman of the New York Daily News wrote that the Philadelphia Eagles are the most socially conscious team in the NFL (even though their fans have no problem destroying the entire city).
So, now that the Eagles are Super Bowl champions, does that mean the Democrats will continue their "blue wave" and win in the November midterms? Not exactly.
The outcomes of a football game have little to no bearing on the current political dynamic. Americans who absolutely loathe President Trump are looking at the football field like a magic eight ball. They're searching for hope. They're looking for anything that will turn luck in their favor and translate football wins to political wins.
What the Eagles did on the football field is the exact opposite of what Democrats are doing in Washington. The Eagles executed a nearly flawless game plan despite neither team playing stellar defense. The Democrats are flinging Hail Marys in the form of impeachment votes against Trump and shutting down the government, thinking it will help bring voters out to the polls. They've moved further to the left on most issues since the 2016 election, especially with respect to the economy.
Before Congress passed its landmark tax reform bill, it would have been easy to see a complete and utter annihilation of the Republicans in the House and Senate in the November midterm elections. However, Americans are warming up to the sweeping tax cut signed into law by the president, according to a recent Monmouth poll.
Some websites forecast that the Democrats will take control of the House and Senate in November, especially with the roughly 50-plus members of Congress not seeking re-election or running for different offices. And they still could win. But Trump's approval numbers are getting better, Republicans are having more legislative success via tax reform and repealing the Obamacare individual mandate, and are finally building some momentum and seeking bipartisanship in the process.
That makes it tougher for Democrats to obstruct the GOP's extended olive branch. If they refuse to play ball, the Democrats risk being the New England Patriots this year, coming away empty-handed.
Siraj Hashmi is a commentary video editor and writer for the Washington Examiner.