George Allen: Politicians Can Learn From Sports

Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 11:19 AM

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Sports and politics have many elements in common. And that fact isn’t lost on ex-Virginia Senator and Governor George Allen, son of one of the top coaches in NFL history, Politico reports .

geroge, allen, politicians, sportsHe cites many of those similarities in a book published earlier this year, “What Washington Can Learn From the World of Sports."

Analyzing this month’s elections, Allen tells Politico, "The voters, like informed sports fans, showed their disapproval of the performance of the government players." So they yanked some underperformers to the sidelines and substituted fresh, more talented players in their place.

Just like fans can use statistics to size up their team, voters can use economic indicators such as the employment rate and GDP as a "scoreboard" for Capitol Hill, Allen notes.

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