Columnist Gail Collins links the historic collapse of the Boston Red Sox with the withering of challengers to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the GOP presidential nomination, most recently Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
In a column titled, "The Curse of the Mitt," Gail Collins writes, "Maybe Mitt made a pact with the Baseball Gods and traded the pennant for his nomination."
Collins suggests that Romney's Faustian bargain could explain his remaining above the fray while opponents like Perry, Michele Bachman and Newt Gingrich self-destruct. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the latest potential rival to Romney's front-runner status and is apparently revisiting his Shermanesque statement that he will not enter the race.
Could Otter step in if Christie disintegrates? "The Republicans are running out of governors to put up against Romney. This week the cry has been for Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey to get into the race, although I am personally rooting for Gov. Butch Otter of Idaho because of his strong record of fiscal conservatism and the fact that I really enjoy writing 'Butch Otter' over and over and over."
In her kicker, Collins says Otter should pay attention to Sunday's NFL game between the New England Patriots and Oakland Raiders: "We’ll see what happens. But if the Patriots lose on Sunday, Butch Otter had better watch out."