It’s a saying in politics that voters want to elect politicians with whom they can see themselves sharing a beer.
It turns out that if the politician in question is Governor Wes Moore of Maryland, voters can even shoot one with him.
Moore showed up at the Baltimore Ravens’ tailgate Sunday, surrounded by enthusiastic football fans, and quickly demonstrated the kind of skills that are often acquired in college, but not in class.
“We’re doing this for the greatest team this planet has ever created, the Baltimore Ravens,” one man shouted, emphasizing his point with an insult.
The group of men punctured their cans (the governor’s actually seemed to be iced tea, rather than beer) and emptied them in unison. Mr. Moore crushed his empty one with his bare hands and high-fived the others. and a video capturing the moment bounced, approvingly, across the online sports world.
It didn’t help the Ravens, who lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s AFC championship game.
But it did boost Mr. Moore’s confidence. reputation as a Ravens superfanand underscored the kind of likability that helped Moore, a political newcomer, advance in a tight Democratic primary for Maryland governor in 2022 and earned him a wide lead in the general election.
It is not the first time that a politician indulges in the so-called shooting before the camera: drinking from a hole cut in the side of the can and then lifting the top so that the contents run out. Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine, Shot a Bud Light at a homecoming football game at the University of Maine in October. And in 2015, then-Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, posted photos of her. shooting a beer on Twitter after mentioning that she had done This is stated in his memoirs “Plenty Ladylike”.
Results may vary: In 2009, then-Representative Dan Maffei, Democrat of New York, was urged during an interview with Stephen Colbert to have a beer with the comedian to prove he could be “cool.” Mr. Maffei Failed MiserablyThe contents of his can were emptied before he could figure out what to do with it.