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In an article published on Tucker Carlson's conservative news website, The Daily Caller, author Caroline May writes a trend story entitled The Conservative Love Affair With Baseball. In it, she asserts that baseball is purportedly the "favorite sport" of many conservative intellectuals. Baseball, it appears, is appealing to this elite group because it is "so damn slow", resistant to changing times (unlike the NBA or NFL which have ramped up the intensity of their sports), and its long season is "reliable, dependable and faithful." In conversation with Charles Krauthammer, Rich Lowry and Fred Schwarz, among others, she reaches this conclusion:

It is true that football long ago surpassed baseball as the nation’s most popular sport, but Alexander Cartwright’s much beloved brainchild remains America’s pastime and purportedly the favorite sport of many conservative intellectuals.

...Inherently American and merit-based, baseball and conservatism appear to share as tight an embrace as Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson after game seven of the 1955 World Series.

At least one pundit was befuddled by May's assertion, to put it gently. That would be Russ Smith, founder of Baltimore City Paper, Washington City Paper and Splice Today, who dubbed the piece "The Dumbest Story of the Day":

The author, whomever it is, makes the nonsensical claim that baseball is most beloved by conservatives—no, double-down, conservative intellectuals—based on a few quickie interviews with three worthies from the National Review, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer, and a snippet from a column or book about baseball from… well, you know the answer: George Will.

...Krauthammer told the Daily Caller sleuth that perhaps conservatives love baseball because “it is so damn slow.” Of course, he then blows apart the entire premise of the throwaway article by stating the obvious: liberals love baseball too!

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