We've often discussed how politics is seen as a sport, so I found it amusing that Bernanke would try to use the Washington Nationals success as an object lesson for the gridlock in Congress, which faces a looming crisis on the debt ceiling once again. Fortunately, in sports you can be dictator. A general manager is only answerable to the owner. Players are bought and sold based on their productivity, and cities are usually left to cover the bills for the lavish stadiums these professional teams enjoy. So, it isn't a very fair analogy to say the least. Just the same, Bernanke used the opportunity to boast of his favorite team.
Recently, Obama weighed in on the NFL referee lockout. Other politicians frequently use sports analogies as a way to identify with their electoral base. The debate the other night was compared to a prize fight, with a number of photoshopped images to demonstrate the point. It seems we just can't get away from this, especially in a highly charged election year, where the presidential race is often compared to a horse race. Here's a good piece from BBC on the shared language of sports and politics.