In one of George Will’s funnier columns, he wrote about his desire to trim the family’s Christmas tree with “28 glass balls bearing the emblems of major league baseball teams,” a decorating strategy with which his wife didn’t agree.
Baseball is a passion for Will, who has written several books on the subject. It’s a good fit because baseball is commonly called “the thinking man’s sport” and Will is a thinking man’s columnist, one who is said to have done as much to advance conservative principles as the late William F. Buckley.
Will’s form of conservatism, however, hasn’t played well with another team within the GOP: those whose favorite sport is car racing. Setting aside the age-old debate over whether NASCAR is actually a sport, it’s clear that there are two kinds of Republicans these days: baseball Republicans and NASCAR Republicans.