Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins (C) watches the first half of the Miami Heat and Washington Wizards game at Verizon Center on December 4, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
Two months ago, there was only one thing that could possibly unite Washingtonians of all political stripes: the Nats.
"Rooting for Nationals is bipartisan affair," USA Today wrote.
"Washington Nationals transcend politics, give chattering class something to agree on," The Post wrote.
"The Nationals are a true bipartisan success story," Sports On Earth wrote.
"Washington bigwigs cross partisan divide to root on Nationals," SI.com wrote.
Well, the months march on. The seasons change. And now there's another narrative at play. Turns out the only thing that can unite Washingtonians of all political stripes is, you guessed it, Robert Griffin III.
"With Washington so sharply divided along party lines, and with tempers flaring over a fiscal cliff that threatens to send the country back into recession, you might wonder, is there anything in this town that can bring Republicans and Democrats together?" CBS News national correspondent Chip Reid asked in a weekend piece. "The answer is yes: Washington Redskins 22-year old rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, or as he's known, RGIII. Washington, of course, is all about politics, and it takes a lot to get people to turn their attention to something - or ANYTHING - else. But at the age of 22, Robert Griffin III is doing just that."
(Aside: No offense to anyone assigned this story, but golly, it just doesn't ring true to me. Metropolitan Washington -- as in, the people who actually live in and identify with this region and its teams -- is an overwhelmingly Democratic place. And Congressional big shots from, say, Illinois or Texas sure aren't going to self-identify as Skins fans. The star athlete in a politically divided state like Pennsylvania or Missouri would seem to have a greater task as a uniter than RGIII, whose fans are almost certainly disproportionately left-of-center. But whatever.)
"The guy was a political science major, he knows about politics, he's clever, he's smart, he's funny," Sally Quinn said in the piece. "It's what people talk about at dinner parties, it's what people talk about in the office, and it has united Washington in a way that I have never seen before."
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SOURCE: The Washington Post