I’ve tried to ignore mentioning the so-called “Redskins Rule,” which purports to predict the outcome of the presidential election based on the performance of the team that plays in the city (or at least close to it) where the Commander-in-Chief resides.
But I’ve decided that it’s worth addressing it, if only to say how ridiculous it is that anyone would give it any credence.
It’s a coincidence at the very best, the idea that if the Redskins win their final home game, the incumbent party wins the presidency and that, if the Redskins lose their final home game, the non-incumbent party wins. The fact that the “Redskins Rule” didn’t hold in 2004 is largely ignored, since it proves the trend wrong, giving the media one less meaningless story line to push.
So we’re suggesting that everyone ignore this stupid coincidence between what the Redskins do and what the nation will do. And not just because it offends the intelligence of folks with at least reasonable intelligence. But because plenty of people with less than reasonable intelligence who watch networks like ESPN and possess the inalienable right to vote may decide not to vote because the outcome of the last Redskins home game has made their vote moot.