It's a strange political season indeed when Republicans are the ones attacking opponents for playing too much golf. But that's been a common punching point against President Barack Obama, who's over 100 rounds so far while in office.
And, for one interest group, that's just too low a blow. WeAreGolf, which lobbies on behalf of the golf industry, wants to declare a detente on golf-based attacks. Policies, families, birth certificates? All fair game. But golf is sacred.
That was the message of a letter sent on Tuesday to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who publicly jabbed the president's links-time during his speech at the RNC earlier this month. Rubio called Obama "a good husband, and a good father and, thanks to a lot of practice, a good golfer." According to Matt K. Lewis of The Daily Caller, WeAreGolf took umbrage with that last part:
“As we enter the final stretch of campaign season,” the group writes, “we write to make a request we hope you will receive in the same spirit in which it is offered. Please reconsider your political strategy of criticizing President Obama’s passion for golf.”
The Rubio camp, according to the New York Times, found the golf group's earnestness adorable.
“There’s nothing wrong with golf,” Alex Conant, a spokesman for Rubio, told the Times. “But there is something wrong with Washington lobbyists who can’t take a joke.”
Hmm…Maybe golf and politics shouldn't mix, after all.