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In politics, sports always in play

Not a game-changer, but errors cost

By Noah Bierman
Globe Staff / March 16, 2012
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Welcome to Massachusetts politics, where spring training is mandatory - for everyone. Sure there’s a war in Afghanistan and an employment crisis. But in New England, the Red Sox are the ultimate authenticity test, an easy demonstration of loyalty to the region, and a way to connect with people in an instant. The topic serves as a sharp campaign tool for Scott Brown, drawing a contrast with Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic woman who comes from out of state and teaches at Harvard.

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