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Long tradition of booing politicians at games

A Washington Post writer observed that “Gov. Sam Brownback was already not the most popular guy among Kansans” in noting the awkward chorus of boos for the governor in the arena at Sunday’s game in Omaha. But many non-Kansans interpreted the reaction as a commentary on his noncommittal shirt, which featured both Wichita State’s WuShock and the University of Kansas’ Jayhawk. In any case, there is a long bipartisan tradition of booing politicians at sporting events. George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John McCain, Sarah Palin and Bill Clinton have all been targets. As former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell has said, “booing a politician is always acceptable” because “elected officials and sporting events don’t mix.” – Rhonda Holman