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Unhittable

Neo swings for the fences, jacks it out of the park.

During the primaries, Trump’s Republican opponents never quite figured out how to wrestle this particular alligator. In the time since he’s been president, some of the Republican NeverTrumpers are still going at it and failing, although most have given up the agon and praised him, albeit sometimes reluctantly. Now it’s the Democrats who are engaged in a struggle with this strange opponent, continually thinking “Gotcha!!” and continually being bested.

Which brings me to another metaphor, appropriate for this time of year: Trump as knuckleballer. The knuckleball pitcher confounds batters with the zaniness of the ball’s behavior once it leaves his hand. It doesn’t require extreme force but it’s not an easy pitch to throw and it’s a very difficult one to control. But it can make ordinarily good hitters look bad; they often just can’t figure out what’s going on, and they end up looking silly when they swing at a knuckler.

I think she’s onto something here. As the lady says, the knuckleball is very damned difficult to master, and at any given time there aren’t very many pitchers in the Bigs using it. My dad could throw one, as it happens, and I remember as a kid him trying to teach me to do it and getting absolutely nowhere with it. But the ones that CAN throw one…well, how would YOU like to try hitting this?




No wonder the Dems have gone bugfuck nuts, eh? If you were accustomed your whole career to underhand-slowpitch gravy balls, and then one day found yourself having to flail the bat around at this stuff instead, you’d flip your lid too.

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