The Detroit Tigers are in the 2012 World Series after humbling the New York Yankees (favorite team of many 1%-ers, for sure).
However our politics may or may not align with our sporting fandoms, the symbolism of Detroit, which Mitt Romney famously wrote ought to be allowed to go bankrupt, beating down the Pride of New York in four straight (the #4 subway connects Wall Street station directly with Yankee Stadium !) is deliciously evocative of the struggles in the air in recent months between the 1%-ers and the rest of us.
I'm sure our friend Michael Moore is especially tickled by his Tigers' sweep of the Yankees. But, beyond the orange dust bunny, there's more – and spookier – to be revealed about the politico-mythic significance of the coming conflict.
The last time the Tigers were in the World Series, they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals. That year, the incumbent Speaker of the House, one D. Hastert, lost his gavel in a Democratic Wave Year. It was 2006. We got Speaker Nancy, whom we sorely need back. Go here to help with that
The last time the Tigers WON the World Series, an incumbent president, beloved of his supporters, mocked by his fiercest opponents, stumbled badly at the first presidential debate, only to make a resounding recovery in the second debate, on the way to a remarkable victory. His name was R. W. Reagan (aka “the Republicans' Obama”). The year was 1984. The Tigers won big, and so can we. Go here to help with that