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The Closer

When you get into the 8th and 9th innings it's time to bring in your closer. I lived in NYC during the first decade of this century and was privileged to witness many NY Yankees games where one of the greatest closers in baseball history, Mariano Rivera, mercilessly and methodically suffocated the hopes and dreams of countless competitors. It was a thing of beauty to watch him wind up and launch a complex freak out pitch - the white orb sinking and swerving and dropping right over the plate. Steeerike! Not every closer is as gracefully lethal as Mariano - actually, almost nobody is. Aroldis Chapman sure isn't. And when you're closer gets rattled it's pretty important to pull him from the mound before he blows it.

Right now, when she needs it most (and boy does she need it) HRC has called her closer up from the bull pin (otherwise known as the White House, location of the Oval Office, work space of the most powerful person on earth, who must have a lot on his mind these days - though you'd never know it). He's trying to close out the game, but even though he appears to have not a care in the world, his performance shows that he's a little rattled.

First pitch: an appearance on the provocatively titled "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" where he gave his prognostication of Hitlery's future presidency - "She’s tired, she’s moody, she’s being emotional," Obama guessed. Nice.


Second Pitch: Columbus, Ohio, at a Clinton campaign event where he said, “You know, there’s a reason we haven’t had a woman president before.” Wow. He must be talking to guys like TI.

Third Pitch: An interview with NowThis News where he attacks the FBI - “We don’t operate on incomplete information. We don’t operate on leaks. We operate based on concrete decisions that are made.”  Caaaarack!!! The ball flies high and hard down the third base line and it's a home run for the challengers.

  • We don't operate on incomplete information? You mean like Obamacare? Or maybe you're talking about the Iranian nuke deal? Where are the 33K emails?
  • We don't operate on leaks? You mean we can ignore the Billy Bush "hot mic" tape? We can ignore Trumps tax returns?
  • We operate on concrete decisions that are made - like when the FBI decides to reopen a case. That's a concrete decision and Hillary is going to get buried in that concrete - it's already solidifying to the point where she can hardly walk.

The closer better pull himself together or we're going to extra innings and who know what will happen if we do that?



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