Hotline OnCall runs through every imaginable political analogy, at play in the Tour de France, which kicks off this weekend in...France. The post includes contributions from such illustrious cycling fans/political journalists as Pollster.com's Mark Blumenthal, Hotline editor Amy Walter, and Jeremy Jacobs of Campaigns and Elections. Just to give you a small taste:
-- Alberto Contador = Nancy Pelosi. A very good run over the last several years, but with many enemies made along the way. Still the most talented player. Has to be considered the odds-on favorite based on past history.-- Andy Schleck = Eric Cantor. Young, aggressive, talented. But still finding the right way to victory. Needs a bit more experience to become dominant, but definitely with the raw talent to pull off something big.-- Lance Armstrong = Rahm Emanuel. Lance may be from Texas, but he is like Rahm -- a classically trained practitioner of "The Chicago Way." Fair, fierce, loyal and willing to do whatever it takes, and God help you if you cross them.-- Cadel Evans = Jim DeMint. A damn hard guy to figure out. Clearly able to do some amazing stuff and his supporters are fiercely loyal. But most folks find him ... well, odd.-- Ivan Basso = Chuck Schumer. So talented, so cool, so good on his feet. Everything about him just screams "talent" and "natural." Oh, and getting into trouble seems to slide right off him.