On field of dreams, Clinton mangles metaphor
In basketball-mad Indiana, Democrat Hillary Clinton held a rally on Indiana University’s basketball court in Bloomington on Friday, while rival Barack Obama played a three-on-three game with supporters later that night.
On Saturday, Clinton headed to South Bend, best known as home to Notre Dame‘s Fighting Irish football team. Former president Ronald Reagan, a Republican, laid claim to that franchise long ago, thanks to his portrayal of Irish football player George “the Gipper” Gipp in the 1940 film “Knute Rockne: All American.”
Clinton opted to hold a rally at the city’s minor-league baseball park, where she received a jersey of the home Silver Hawks, a Single A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“We know you’re going to knock it out of the park,” former Gov. Joe Kernan told Clinton in his opening remarks.
When Clinton came to bat, here’s what she said:
“We’re going to hit some of those balls out this stadium and out of our country stadium because we’re going to go to bat and fix America together.”
“We are going to go fight for America, we’re going to round the bases, we’re going to score a lot of runs and we’re going to feel really good about the home team, the American team, the team we’re all a part of,” she continued.
A rocky first inning. But Clinton handled the next eight innings of her stump speech smoothly, promising to spur economic development, end the Iraq war and implement a universal health care system, and challenging Obama to an unmoderated debate.
So how should the New York senator’s box score read? 4 for 5 with one strikeout? Or should that be marked an error?
Unfortunately, the final score in this game won’t be known until May 6, when Hoosiers head to the polls.
Photo: Frank Polich – Hillary Clinton campaigns in South Bend, Indiana.