Tim Tebow's stock as a quarterback may be falling -- ESPN's Mike and Mike have less confidence in him than any other QB in the playoffs this weekend -- but he remains a cultural lightning rod.
Note that even The New Yorker's Ben McGrath is weighing in on him, albeit by suggesting that he's less like Michelle Bachmann and Rick Perry, who both embraced The Chosen One without success, than with Ron Paul. And a Paul supporter agrees.
Here's an excerpt from McGrath's Tebow-themed essay:
If he loses to Pittsburgh on Sunday, [Tebow's] days as a No. 1, like Newt Gingrich's, may be behind him. You could say that the narrative arc of his first full professional season has been subjected so thoroughly to the accelerated news cycle that it resembles that of plenty an athlete's full career.
Fitting, in a political season in which much has been made of the expedited boom-and-bust cycles for Presidential candidates, with frontrunners born and buried in a matter of weeks or even days instead of months. Blame the haplessness of the candidates themselves, or blame, as many have, the so-called horse-race journalism that blurs the line between politics and sport. Better still, blame them both, because it's not as though the campaigns of Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry spent the run-up to the Iowa caucuses ducking Tim Tebow comparisons. (With his cultish following and his unorthodox style, he seems more a Ron Paul figure to me.)
One writer for The Daily Paul, candidate Paul's very busy online home, recently made the same comparison, sans the pejorative implications. "Yes, this is a stretch, but I just couldn't resist," notes BroncosPlummer before laying out all the ways in which Paul and Tebow are spiritual kin. Here's his list:
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Ron Paul has won multiple congressional elections Tim Tebow has won multiple football championships
Ron Paul has won theTax Payer's Best Friend Awards Tim Tebow has won football's top award, The Heisman Trophy
Ron Paul has been consistent in his beliefs Tim Tebow has been consistent in his beliefs
Ron Paul is a devout Christian Tim Tebow is a devout Christian
Ron Paul is for home schooling Tim Tebow was home schooled
Ron Paul has been told he'll never win the presidency Tim Tebow has been told he will never win at the NFL level
Ron Paul is unshakeable in congress. Tim Tebow is unshakeable on the football field
Ron Paul is controversial Tim Tebow is controversial
Ron Paul is not afraid of failure Tim Tebow is not afraid of failure
Ron Paul takes the high road when being criticized Tim Tebow takes the high road when being criticized
Ron Paul was part of a skit on SNL Tim Tebow was part of a skit on SNL
Ron Paul is humble Tim Tebow is humble
Ron Paul wants to be friendly with foreign nations Tim Tebow is building a hospital in the Philippines
Ron Paul has the support of our troops (defense) Tim Tebow has the support of his defense
Ron Paul could improve his delivery Tim Tebow could improve his delivery (ha!)
Ron Paul has a growing fan base Tim Tebow has a growing fan base
Ron Paul believes hard work is rewarded Tim Tebow believes hard work is rewarded
Ron Paul has charisma Tim Tebow has charisma
Ron Paul doesn't give up Tim Tebow doesn't give up
The odds are against Ron Paul to win the Presidency The odds are against Tim Tebow to win the Super Bowl
Ron Paul knows who he is and what he's about Tim Tebow knows who he is and what he's about
Ron Paul is on the verge of greatness Tim Tebow is on the verge of greatness
Ron Paul will win the... Tim Tebow will win the...
Hard to say if that will make fans feel better or worse about the Broncos' chances against the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend. But at least no one's comparing Tebow to Herman Cain....
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