Mike Ditka for senator?

Many political experts view Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s easy win in the 2004 Illinois United States Senate race as the victory that catapulted him into the national spotlight and set him on his current path to the White House. But looking back at that victory, for a few days in 2004 there was a real possibility that Obama’s Republican opponent could have been Chicago Bears coaching legend Mike Ditka.

Ditka spoke about his possible candidacy to CNN News in an interview, and he does play the “what if” game:

“It would have been interesting, I’ll tell you that,” Ditka said, “I don’t know what would have happened if I had run. I really don’t. Could I have beaten him? Maybe. Maybe not.”

Ditka added that he gave serious consideration to running as the Republican nominee, but citied family and business obligations in declining the invitation. A staunch conservative, Ditka stated that he is firmly behind the McCain/Palin ticket come November.

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America’s “Hockey Mom” to drop puck at Flyers home opener

You betcha, Sarah Palin will drop the ceremonial first puck when the Philadelphia Flyers open the regular season against the New York Rangers on Saturday night. And New York Post hockey columnist Larry Brooks is not too pleased that Flyers CEO Ed Snider is using the sport to advance his own political agenda.

Snider was host for a Sept. 26 Palin campaign event at the Irish Pub in Center City in Philadelphia. According to records of the Federal Election Commission, Snider donated $50,000 to the Republican national campaign effort between June 24 and June 30, 2008.

Now he is donating the stage of an NHL pregame ceremony for use as a pep rally for McCain’s presidential effort. Now he is intent on transforming a sports arena into the political arena. He is creating an environment in which partisan politics, not hockey rooting interest, might well create dangerous disruption in the stands.

The Republican vice presidential nominee will join the team’s “Philadelphia’s Ultimate Hockey Mom” contest winner on the ice for the opening faceoff.

I wonder if the Philly fans will boo her like they boo’ed Santa Claus at the Eagles’ game.

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