Will the real Tim Tebow please stand up? Is he really the former Florida Gator quarterback now surging as the Denver Broncos signal caller? Or is Texas Gov. Rick Perry assuming his persona? Turns out that Rep. Michele Bachmann may have stepped into his cleats first.
Perry claimed to be the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses during the Republican candidates debate Thursday night in Sioux City, Iowa. Like Tebow, Perry said, he has been underestimated.
"He won two national championships and that looked pretty good, and we were the national champions in job creation back in Texas . . . I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.”
Uh, we might need a flag on that play because, as it turns out, Minnesota Congresswoman Bachmann already has been likening herself to Tebow in ads running in Iowa and South Carolina. On the other hand, let’s pick up the flag and let play resume because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?
Besides, both Perry and Bachmann are going to have to show some superb scrambling ability in the Iowa caucuses to replicate Tebow’s feats in guiding the Broncos to a couple of miraculous, last-second wins during the past couple of weeks.
Bachmann’s video notes that, like Tebow, she has no baggage, is an unabashed Christian, and she keeps fighting for her convictions. But the media and politicians still knock her, just as the media and some sports commentators mock Tebow for his on-the-sleeve faith and allegiance to his own ideals.
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Even though Bachmann won the Iowa Straw poll and has credibility as a candidate, the ad says, the establishment “loves to hate Michele Bachmann and her no-compromise, no flip-flop stand on the issues.” The ad encourages voters to help her pull out a last-second win in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3.
She’d like to leave Perry on the sidelines, but he’ll have none of it, as he stressed Thursday night that he’s grown accustomed to the debates despite a few stumbles early on.
“There are a lot of folks who said Tim Tebow wouldn’t be a very good NFL quarterback. That he doesn’t have the right throwing mechanisms, or he’s not playing the game right,” Perry said, insisting that he still could become the GOP nominee.
“I’m kinda getting to where I like these debates,” Perry said. “I hope Obama and I debate a lot. I’ll get there early. We will get it on, and we will talk about our differences.”
Although Tim Tebow obviously won’t be in a Super Bowl anytime soon, Bachmann and Perry insist that they will continue to mix it up in the political playoffs.
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