Premature victory lap

When I coached a Termite Football team years ago (think Pee Wee League, only much smaller) the biggest problem was a tendency of my first-grade players to start their end zone victory dance while still on the twenty yard line.

Oh yeah! Oh yeah!” A player would shout as he held the ball high overhead and shimmied in jubilation.
  
“Run! Run! Run!” I would scream as the defense thundered toward him.

Someone should be screaming that at Democrats right now, because there is a pronounced air of premature celebration over confusion in the Republican Party. They chortle over the often uninspired blandness of Mitt Romney. They guffaw over Rick Perry’s stumbles. And now they are hooting over the breathless speculation that New Jersey’s Chris Christie might jump into the game. (Is it just me, or does he look a bit like Bobby from “The Sopranos?”)

“It’s chaos!” They shout, racing up and down K Street, shaking their pom-poms and preparing to tear down the 2012 goalposts. And yet, one name should give them pause: Hillary Clinton.
 
At this point in the last presidential race, she was a 2-to-1 favorite over Barack Obama. Her campaign appeared to be an unstoppable offense, and the Republicans were then, as now, apparently in chaos.
Rudy Giuliani was barely edging Fred Thompson for the top GOP pick, with McCain staggering behind. And yet both parties pulled it together in time for the election. 

I understand the Democrats’ impulse. President Obama is under siege. His approval ratings are awful.  The party faithful are crying for release from the tension, and nothing fits the bill like a little Three Stooges action from the Republicans.

But there is simply no reason to believe the GOP will stay in disarray. History suggests they will coalesce around a candidate, consult with their coaches, and by next year at this time, both sides will be pounding it out in the middle of the field.

In other words, like I used to tell my little players, they better save the dancing until they have a reason to dance.

– CNN’s Tom Foreman is a regular on “AC360°”/www.ac360.com and “The Situation Room.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Actor Tracy Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt in June…

By Jonathan Stempel(Reuters) - Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others in his limousine were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by…

National

Connected cars: Is AT&T leaving Verizon in its…

By Marina Lopes and Bernie WoodallWASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - Verizon Communications, the No.1 U.S. wireless carrier known for its widespread coverage, is falling behind its biggest…

Local

Grand jury begins hearing evidence in Eric Garner…

A grand jury began hearing evidence Monday relating to the death of Eric Garner while in police custody in July. Garner, 43, of Staten Island,…

Local

Mayor announces plan for solar panels at city…

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the planned installation of 24 new solar panels at city schools on Monday morning. The panels, a $28 million investment,…

Going Out

Taste what Lower Manhattan is cooking at today's…

The Lower Manhattan food scene has changed a lot in three years, which you can taste first hand when the neighborhood's food festival returns. On…

Television

Review: 'Selfie' tries to coast on the charm…

"Selfie" offers cute leads and some good jokes, but focuses too much on a vague distaste for social media.

Movies

Review: Jason Reitman's 'Men, Women & Children' is…

Jason Reitman's "Men, Women & Children" takes a hysterical and melodramatic look at disconnection in the digital age, turning strong actors into zombies.

Television

TV watch list, Monday, Sept. 29: 'Castle,' 'Mom'…

Tune in for the season premieres of "Castle," "Mom" and "NCIS: Los Angeles."

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

MLB

Joe Girardi not confident David Robertson will return…

David Robertson was as seamless as anyone could be replacing Mariano Rivera as he converted 39 saves, with a 3.08 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony preaches patience with new coach, offense

While star forward Carmelo Anthony said he’s “enthusiastic” and “optimistic” for the upcoming season, he still wants everyone — from within the locker room and…

Education

How to ace your private school interview

Getting ready for a private school interview can be daunting for many, most of whom might never have been in an interview situation before. We’ve…

Education

5 questions parents should ask while visiting private…

It can be hard to know what to look for when searching for a new school for your child. Parents considering several different schools can…

Education

3 ways to save money on college application…

With the average high school student applying to 5 or 6 schools, hefty application and test score fees can add up quickly. We’ve compiled some…

Education

Nap rooms: The latest college campus trend

College is a time filled with new experiences (and lots of schoolwork), leaving little time for students to get a good night’s rest. University of…