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  Shimkus' Cards-Cubs analogy to Iraq war strikes out, critics say
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News DateThursday, May 3, 2007 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionRep. John Shimkus likened the Iraq war to a baseball game Wednesday, but his analogy drew few fans and a chorus of boos.

"Imagine my beloved St. Louis Cardinals are playing the much-despised Chicago Cubs," Shimkus, R-Collinsville, began in a speech on the House floor.

In his brief but impassioned oratory, Shimkus argued that the Democratic bill calling for the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq was like the Cardinals abandoning the ballpark during a tied, extra-inning game.

"Who wins? We know it's the team that stays on the field," he said.

"When my favorite team loses — I don't see anyone in the stands or on the team blown up by a car bomb," said one blogger.

Shimkus painted this scenario: It's the top of the ninth inning, and the Cards are up by five runs. But the Cubs score five runs to tie the game, sending it into extra innings. In the 15th inning, with the score still tied and the clock reading 1 a.m., the entire Cardinals team has left the stadium, thus forfeiting the game.
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