All That and a Bag of Mail

It’s Friday, rejoice!

And as if it weren’t good enough to be Friday, the mailbag is here to help you pretend to work or pay attention in class.

As always you can send a question to claytravis@gmail.com.

So let’s dive in:

Tons of you: what do you think about the Joe Biden #metoo issues. 

I think this is an insanely overblown issue.

While I think this is mostly a Democratic primary internecine issue — that is, Biden’s Democratic rivals are trying to knock him out of the election before he officially announces by trumping up this issue — I think it’s important to maintain logical consistency in analyzing these issues, whether Democrats or Republicans are involved.

If you listen and read what I’ve said I’ve been consistent in my positions regardless of the politics involved. I’ve defended Brett Kavanaugh, the governor and lieutenant governor of Virginia, and now I’m going to defend Joe Biden. This makes me one of the rarest things in media today — a logically consistent thinker.

I’ve watched the videos and I’ve read the statements from those who had their personal space invaded and I haven’t seen anything that’s disqualifying of Biden’s presidential campaign. Or, to be honest, even close to being a disqualifying moment. (I think one of the lasting legacies of Trump’s presidency, honestly, is that “disqualifying moments” don’t exist anymore. How many times did you hear that something Trump had said or done disqualified him from being a president? And then nothing ended up happening. That’s because average Americans don’t think this way. If they like you they give you the benefit of the doubt, they don’t immediately fire you for one thing they disagree with.)

I think Biden is a politician of a different era who frequently violated the physical space of many men and women. I believe that he believed he was helping people who might have otherwise been nervous about appearing in public. And here’s something else, I think in order to believe the worst about Biden here — that he’s a pedophile or a serial abuser of women — don’t you need more than public videos and photos to make that accusation?

Do pedophiles regularly grope children in front of national TV audiences? Do serial abusers of women do the same thing? Maybe they do, but I find that hard to believe. Most people who prey on women and children do so in private when there are no witnesses at all.

Further, and I think this is important, have we really reached an era when you presume the absolute worst about a person simply because they may have different political beliefs than you?

I defended Trump when the Access Hollywood audio came out because I believed it was exactly what he said it was, hyperbolic locker room talk.

Many people reading this right now voted for Donald Trump or Bill Clinton.

If you were willing to vote for Trump or Clinton despite all the accusations about their inappropriate behavior are you really going to argue that Biden’s behavior is disqualifying?

That’s insanely inconsistent to me.

Now some people have emailed and Tweeted me that the reason they want to hold Biden accountable for these videos and photographs is because of the way Senate Democrats treated Brett Kavanaugh. I think that’s like cutting off your nose to spite your face.

If you believe Democrats were wrong for the way they treated Kavanaugh — and as I’ve written, I think they were — the last thing you want to do is behave the same way they did.

All that does is reinforce their behavior and make it standard operating procedure in politics.

If Democrats were wrong about Kavanaugh then Republicans shouldn’t be wrong about Biden. That’s nonsensical.

What I would ask everyone reading this right now to do is treat politics like you would sports. Early on in my radio career I argued that SEC fans should apply the hate my rival standard before they uttered any opinion. That is, presume that your most hated rival in college football did the exact same thing instead of your favorite school. How would you respond then?

If your response isn’t the exact same, that’s called bias.

To me, college football is a perfect litmus test for our country today because both college sports and politics are insanely tribal.

So before you get on social media and allow your tribal thinking to lead you into biased thought, please apply my test.

I do think, however, that this could end up playing to Biden’s favor.

Why?

Because it helps to point out how insane the far left wing of the Democratic party has become and I think there are a ton of reasonable people, including Democrats, who would like to repudiate the far left wing of the party.

Watch me talk about it here.

What Democrats are going to have to decide is this — do they want to get retweeted by social justice warriors on Twitter or beat Donald Trump? Being the most popular on Twitter in 2020 probably means you’re going to lose.

Rob writes:

“Basketball seems to be the only sport where getting to the semi-final game is ALMOST considered equal to winning it. With that being said, even if Auburn loses on Saturday, do you think this is a top 5 moment in the history of Auburn sports?”

First, I think in all categorizations of top moments in sports we have to modify it to “top moments in sports that most fans were living for.”

Because most schools had a ton of great moments before World War II or Vietnam.

So what we’re really only talking about the last 30 or so years of Auburn sports.

Within that context, I think it’s probably top five and if you limit it to the last twenty years, which is an entire generation of sporting life, then I definitely think it’s top five.

The only uncertainty would be if someone wanted to argue football is so much bigger than basketball that no basketball achievement could count in the top five, but I don’t buy that at all, particularly at Auburn. If this were, say, Alabama where they have won five football titles in the past ten years, I’d agree.

But Auburn has one football title since the 1950’s.

Even if you count Gus Malzahn’s trip to the Rose Bowl in 2013 season — and the Kick Six that year, which was probably a bigger moment to Auburn fans — I’d rank the top five moments in the past twenty years of Auburn sports history like this:

1. 2010 national title

2. The Kick Six

3. The Camback in the 2010 Iron Bowl

4. 2013 title game loss

5. 2019 Final Four

The Final Four would rank even higher if you made every game in the 2010 season count as one event, which is probably more fair, to be honest.

Philip writes:

“With the FBI investigating payments to the families in the college football scandal, where is the IRS in this investigation? If thousands or in some cases a hundred thousand dollar in cash was changing hands,  why are the families not being charged with tax evasion? 
If you took that kind of money, you would get audited in a heartbeat.  It’s one thing for you to get a free dinner from the restaurant. You could get away with it.  But if you got your Range Rover for free, you would have to claim it on your 1040. 
Also, since the SJWs are claiming that these are disadvantaged kids are getting taken advantage of. One could expect that these families are getting public assistance.  If so, the bag money would disqualify the families from food stamps, housing assistance and welfare.  These families are committing Social Security fraud. People may be forgiving of a 17 year old not knowing any better, but their parents are adults who should know better and be prosecuted for their crimes.” 
I’m definitely surprised the IRS hasn’t gotten involved here.
To me, that’s the easiest crime to prosecute when players — or their families — are being paid to play college basketball.
I’ve never bought into the FBI’s argument here — they argue the crime in paying players was a fraud perpetrated upon the schools because it left them eligible to NCAA violations. But that makes no real sense to me because schools are always getting hit with NCAA violations and probation for breaking the rules.
If anything, this is the exact opposite of fraud since the schools are receiving exactly what they’d want — talented players to enroll and play basketball at their schools, which then helps them win more games, increasing the overall revenue of the school athletic program.
The problem with this, I’d bet, in the eyes of the prosecutors is the one you hit on — then you make the players and their families, who might well be poor, the bad guys and prosecute them instead of the middlemen handlers and assistant coaches who actually brokered the deals.
The flaw in thinking remains: 1. I still don’t think they committed crimes and 2. the assistant coaches and shoe representatives who were charged with crimes are relatively low level employees. Does it really make sense for the federal government to put an Adidas employee making $100k a year in prison? Or for an assistant coach making a somewhat similar salary in prison?
Maybe I’m getting soft in my old age, but I think if you take someone from their families and put them in prison they need to have perpetrated a massive financial fraud or committed a crime of violence.
We have way too many people in jail in this country for relatively minor criminal offenses. I think this case is yet another example of that fact.
Jordan writes:
“Several of my friends had a Great Debate on Facebook on which sauce is better – Zax Sauce or Chick-fil-A Sauce. I believe Zax Sauce is the goat of sauces but Chick-fil-A is the goat of Fast food. I received some blowback that Chick-fil-A Sauce was so much better. I then ran a poll of my own Facebook page, which Chick-fil-A Sauce dominated Zax by 65% – 35%.
What say you on which sauce is better? Your vote will put an end to this Great Debate.”
It’s Zaxby’s Sauce, zero debate.
I wouldn’t mind having a permanent IV drip set up of Zaxby Sauce.
Jennings writes:
“How much does WWE stock/ratings go up if Gronk signs a contract with them?”
It won’t move at all either way.
The WWE is a great long term stock to buy — hopefully you listened to me and bought it over the past couple of years — but the stock’s future is very good regardless of the talent in the ring.
As a general rule, if a business relies on any one individual talent to make it a success, it’s not really a business you want to invest in.
Hope you guys have great weekends.
Thanks for reading Outkick.
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