Just as parents use beads or to pennies to teach their children difficult concepts, we here at TSD use sports to help us make sense of a complex world. So it should come as no surprise that we’d resort to a sports trade to accurately gauge the implications of Arlen Spector’s decision to become a Democrat. The GOP loses a respected veteran right-hander, a third or fourth starter who can give you 10-12 wins…highly valuable for a contending team, but a lot less valuable if your club’s most realistic goal is to avoid losing more than 100 games. The Democrats deepen their bench and add a somewhat known quantity to the mix, though there are lingering doubts as to whether he can be trusted in the clutch.
The best the TSD editorial staff came up with was the Reds getting Milt Pappas from the Orioles in 1965. (more…)