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:
Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose. twitter.com/joshromney/sta…
— Josh Romney (@joshromney) October 4, 2012
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:
Just got campaign email from Ann Romney, subject line “Clear Eyes. Full Hearts.” Not sure Coach Taylor would approve. #FNL
— Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) October 7, 2012
@alexwagner Buddy Garrity = clearly a Republican
— Garrett Haake (@GarrettNBCNews) October 7, 2012
Austin-based Democratic political consultant Jason Stanford took exception (and has promised to write a column on the subject):
I know Coach’s wife. Ann Romney, you’re no Coach’s wife. MT “@ zekejmiller: Ann Romney email subject line “Clear Eyes. Full Hearts.””
— Jason Stanford (@JasStanford) October 7, 2012
But others were delighted with the new association:
Mitt Romney quoted #FNL yesterday in a speech. Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose. I now know who I’m voting for.
— Tyler Pete Arnett (@tylerpetearnett) October 6, 2012
And a valid, ostensibly non-partisan point was made by Amy Friedenberger,