Thursday, October 02, 2008

Gamblers not Anonymous

Another LTE that won't get published:

Todd Domke ( "If Obama wins Election: then what?" Boston Globe Oct. 2) explains why Americans should vote for John McCain and comes up with this bizarre reason:

"But John McCain is a gambler and knows that just because the odds are against him doesn't mean he can't win. Maybe an ace will fall from his sleeve."

Actually, Mr. Domke, when "an ace falls from your sleeve" you are cheating which in the real world is not, actually, an honorable strategy. But even more to the point Senator McCain's game is, of course, not a card game--that is Senator Obama's game because he plays poker. McCain's game is craps--and he has been filmed at 2:30 in the morning in Casinos risking money on a roll of the dice. Famously, craps is a game with no strategy at all, where the house always wins, and where a loser doubles down hoping that although the "odds are against him" that doesn't "mean he can't win." Perhaps Cindy McCain doesn't mind if Senator McCain spends her money on the roll of the dice. But the American people might want not want to risk betting the house on a craps shooter like McCain.