What's the theory?
The Super Bowl is set for Feb. 7, and past Patriots victory parades have traditionally been set for the Tuesday immediately following the game — in this case Feb. 9, the day of the [New Hampshire] primary. The Pats, already reigning Super Bowl champions, held their parade on a Wednesday last year, but only because a Tuesday procession was snuffed out by a snowstorm. So far, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh — a supporter of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton — isn’t prepared to publicly discuss the possibility....Why is Christie's guy drawing attention to the close relationship between Trump and Tom Brady?!
“When a million people show up in Boston, you can figure 30 percent of them or 25 percent of them are from New Hampshire," said Joel Maiola, a New Hampshire adviser to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's campaign.... Maiola joked that if Brady chokes, he just might be throwing the game to keep turnout high for Trump. “The fix is in,” he said with a laugh. “If we start seeing Brady flopping on the field, we know he’s taking a flop for Donald Trump.”
“The blue-collar Trump supporter that is thinking about showing up and voting for the first time — this level of inconvenience might have some impact,” [Maiola] said. “If it were the Red Sox, it’d be all over and people would choose the Red Sox. The marginal voters might pick the parade.”Why is Christie's guy dinging blue collar, non-politico-type voters as marginal? Guys who'd go to a Super Bowl parade and miss a primary — those are the guys you want to disrespect?
On the subject of the Brady-Trump friendship — called a "bromance" in the Politico article — I found this from Brady:
"Donald is a good friend of mine. I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends. That is what I have to say. He's a good friend of mine. He's always been so supportive of me -- for the last 15 years, since I judged a beauty pageant for him, which was one of the very first things that I did that [I] thought was really cool. That came along with winning the Super Bowl. He's always invited me to play golf. I've always enjoyed his company."He stops short of endorsing Trump and asks to "stay out of this debate." And Trump says:
“I’m a friend of Tom Brady, very good friend, and he was so nice to me... Because he said, you saw what he said a couple weeks ago. He called, he said Trump is the greatest winner. When you get that, and then all of sudden in Massachusetts, I saw that cause Tom is New England, Massachusetts, and all of a sudden in Massachusetts we got poll numbers that were 52 percent. I said, that’s the Tom Brady effect.... When he says great things about you in Massachusetts, you know, that’s pretty much about as good as you can get. He’s an amazing guy, great athlete, great quarterback."