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One of Two Losing-side Teams That Were ‘Whupped’

The Cleveland Indians, who lost the deciding Series game by a single run, could have cited this consolation, credited to the late Nobel author William Faulkner: “They may have killed us, but we haven’t been whupped.” The Dem team allowed itself to be whupped by clearing the basepaths for a single chosen player in the presidential playoffs.. That W-L record of the player, Hillary Clinton, suggests why so many angry voters opted for Trump: she was an insider, ready in their eyes to pitch with a familiar repertoire/ The party made the fatal mistake of putting her at the center of the doomed inside game.

Lost in the year-and-a-half of campaign name-calling was the shallowness of the Dem bench. Skipper Obama’s dominating presence made his fading party feel secure. The fact that two veteran players – Indiana’s Evan Bayh and Wisconsin’s Russ Feingold – were called out of retirement was a bad-but-ignored sign. Only when both quickly became early favorites to reclaim Senate seats, then lost, did reality begin to set in. The Dem Senate team is left with a meager group of potential game-changing players, including two progressives – 67-year-old Elizabeth Warren (Ma) and Jeff Merkley, 60, of Oregon. No one has emerged yet as a player with leadership potential on the Dem House team.

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Key Transactions: Braves sign R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon to one-year deals; Phillies acquire Howie Kendrick from Dodgers for Darin Ruf; Blue Jays sign Kendrys Morales, let go by KC;

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About Richard Starkey

Dick Starkey handled media for former NY Governor Mario Cuomo, former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and many other office-holders and candidates. He was sports editor of the Paris-based Herald Tribune. Perfect Pitch partner Robert Sullivan was the first to adapt focus groups to politics and has been called by Cuomo and others one of the "best" pollsters in the country.