Politics may resemble football in some aspects but it’s not the same, as argued in this cast, especially when considered in a historical context. We look at several big moments in American history where doom was predicted for one side or the other. We look at at least two times where parties thought they won forever. And Speakers who thought they figured out how to dominate the House forever. And we watch how Jefferson and Adams traded places in public popularity. One side wins for a little while. But generally the ‘score’ between the two parties for the major offices is even. Those with an issue-focus or a complex view of the process will be rewarded by reality far more often than those wearing jerseys for one team or the other.