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Decline and Fall

9:45 PM, Oct 17, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
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When The Decline and Fall of the American Republic is written centuries hence, the date October 17, 2012, will occupy a prominent place in the narrative. On this day, a playoff game between the Yankees and the Tigers in Detroit was called not because of rain, but because of ... the threat of rain. Just as today's "liberalism has become hardly more than a trembling in the presence of illiberalism," so, in Obama's America, Major League Baseball cancels games not because of rain but because of trembling in the presence of the threat of rain.

UPDATE: A reader writes in: 

Not all is lost! Here in bluest St. Louis, not only did we start the game despite the threat of rain, but much of the 7th inning was played in a steadily-increasing downpour. And a large fraction of the faithful held on through the 3 1/2 hour rain delay to watch the home team close out the win.

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