Talk about blowback.
For years, George Steinbreener and right wing nutcases running the New York Yankees have subtly and overtly attempted to turn a nonpolitical sporting event such as watching a baseball game at Yankees stadium into a 1930s style German propaganda event to promote right wing politicians, right wing views on religion, and right wing views on Iraq. It's no longer take me out to the ballgame and as a Yankee fan, I find it disgusting.
The most frequent use of mixing politics and baseball at Yankee stadium is Steinbrenner's promotion of right wing extremist Rudy Giuliani. Giuliani gets a front row, unimpeded view of Yankee games because these seats are given to him by Steinbrenner. Then Yankee stadium officials and the networks try to plaster Rudy Giuliani's face all over the big screen and the television. This amounts to millions of dollars of free advertising, something quite beneficial when you are running for President.
But Steinbrenner overplayed his hand. Giuliani got roundly booed at Yankee Stadium and this will play out on the campaign trail.
From this day forward, EVERY person running against Rudy Giuliani can point out how most people at Yankee Stadium resoundedly booed Rudy Giuliani. If you are Joe Six Pack or Jane Housewife going about your daily life in Missouri, you are smart enough to realize that if the people at Yankee Stadium are booing Rudy Giuliani, they must know something that the media isn't telling you. After 3 more seconds of thought, Joe Six Pack and Jane Housewife make the connection that Rudy Giuliani is not a 9/11 Hero but that he did some awful things regarding 9/11. And even if Joe Six Pack or Jane Housewife agree with Rudy Giuliani 95% of the time, Giuliani just lost their vote, even if he attains the general nomination and faces Hillary Clinton.
The people of New York City booed Rudy Giuliani because they know what a scumbag he truly is. Giuliani couldn't get elected dogcatcher in New York City today unless the only other candidate running was named Michael Vick.
The people of New York City know about Giuliani's command center, the defective firefighter radio equipment, Bernard third grade detective Kerik, his phony crime statistics, his lousy education policies, his tax increases on the middle class combined with tax cuts and welfare for the top 1%, Thomas Von Essen, Judy Nathan, his defense of Abner Louima's torturers, his attempt to close down a museum over one painting, his mistreatment of Donna Hanover and their two children, Amadou Diallo, Patrick Dorismond, his halting of rescue and recovery at 9/11 on behalf of a contractor, his 2004 GOP Convention speech, his cheerleading of Bush, his silence about Osama Bin Laden, his exploitation of the 9/11 tragedy, his avaricious attempts to profit from the tragedy, his raiding of the widow's victim funds for his cronies, his business links to many of the same groups that he calls terrorists, etc...
The people most affected by 9/11 (in terms of numbers) are the people of New York City (and our surrounding suburbs). The pain of that horrific day still lives inside of me as it does most New Yorkers. If you ever want to see righteous anger, all you have to do is be a politician (Democratic or Republican) who would exploit this tragedy for personal purposes while giving a big FU to the city of New York. (Example - I and many others REFUSED to vote for Mark Green when he ran an exploitive commercial of 9/11 just weeks after the tragedy. This issue goes way beyond party labels.)
Rudy Giuliani is that exploitive politician ten times over. It's why he got booed louder than any person at Yankee Stadium since Ed Whitson.
SIDENOTE: All a Democratic candidate has to say is this. If people realized Rudy Giuliani's real record on 9/11, he'd be less popular than ___________ (fill in blank with favorite villain, i.e. Paris Hilton, Michael Vick.) Giuliani did _____________________ (fill in with your 3-5 best facts.) The people who know Giuliani best won't support him. It's why he was roundly booed at Yankee Stadium.
ENDNOTE: If Giuliani is the GOP nominee and America knows his real record, we are talking about the biggest landslide in presidential politics history. (Democrat 72% - Giuliani 28%)