The US is through to the elimination round of the World Cup, which means we are at risk of exposure to Sudden Onset Soccer Expertise at least through early next week.
Folks have wondered about the sudden media interest in soccer from people who normally disdain sports. Interestingly, a seemingly unrelated survey from the Pew Research Center provides a hint of an answer; from a WaPo discussion:
Proud to be an American? You’re probably not a true liberal.
Michelle Obama took some heat in 2008 for saying that, "for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country..."
As it turns out, that sentiment isn't all that unusual on the far left of American politics. According to a new Pew Research Center study, only 40 percent of consistently liberal Americans say they often feel proud to be Americans.
The other 60 percent say that doesn't describe them.
Far be it from me to question their patriotism, but no kidding. The WaPo also notes that Solid Liberals have another distinctive quirk:
The poll also shows many liberals don't liken themselves to your average American. Just 51 percent say they feel as though they are "typical Americans" -- as compared to three-quarters of conservatives and at least two-thirds of all the other groups.
And the soccer connection? Isn't it obvious? The Solid Libs in the media love soccer because the Great Unwashed could care less. Rooting for America provides a special thrill because, unlike in, e.g., the Olympics, we will inevitably get our asses kicked and the Hegemon will get its comeuppance. Win-win!
HMM: The AllahPundit makes the same point in his lead:
Poll: Only 40% of “solid liberals” say they often feel proud to be American
No, I’m kidding. They didn’t cheer. They just said we had it coming and shook their heads sadly.