(CNN) – When it comes to presidential politics, the bulk of the sports metaphors come from boxing – one candidate jabs the other, another is against the ropes. Watching an ad for an upcoming presidential debate can leave the viewer wondering whether it’s going to be on pay-per-view.
Over a year into the election cycle, the expressions are stale and Hillary Clinton must have gotten the memo because in recent weeks she has ventured beyond the ring and onto the field.
“I will be the best quarterback I can be for our country,” Clinton told guests at an April Democratic dinner in Pittsburgh where she received a Steelers’ jersey and a Terrible Towel. “We’re going to start calling some good plays. We’re going to go on offense as well as playing defense.”
Barack Obama may be the real athlete in the race, but standing on a platform over the South Bend Silverhawks’ home plate at a rally Saturday, Clinton couldn’t resist becoming a two-sport candidate.
“We’re going to hit some of those balls out of this stadium and out of our country stadium,” she announced, wielding a bat. “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, namely the American team, the team we’re all a part of!”
The Terrible Towel is clearly part the team – “I will wave it as we go across that goal line for a better America in January 2009,” Clinton told the diners in Pittsburgh.