Who Gets the “Friday Night Lights” Vote?

Mitt Romney and Barack Obama have both attempted to claim coach Eric Taylor's "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts..." rallying cry as their own—and FNL author Buzz Bissinger has picked a side.
Mon October 8, 2012 7:19 pm
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Fictional Texas high school football has become real-life political football: “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose” is now part of the 2012 presidential election.

The phrase, made famous by coach Eric Taylor’s Dillon Panthers (and East Dillon Lions) on the beloved NBC/DirecTV show Friday Night Lights, was used by Mitt Romney as a rallying cry for last Wednesday’s debate in Denver, as this tweet and photo by the Republican presidential candidate’s son, Josh Romney, revealed:

But that was not the end of it. Romney has since used the phrase at a campaign appearance, and his wife Ann put it in a fundraising e-mail.

That got Twitter tongues a-wagging, with MSNBC’s Alex Wagner and her NBC News colleague Garrett Haake both showing off their geeky passion for the show:

Austin-based Democratic political consultant Jason Stanford took exception (and has promised to write a column on the subject):

But others were delighted with the new association:

And a valid, ostensibly non-partisan point was made by Amy Friedenberger,

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