Sunday, May 3, 2015

"Vladimir Putin Is Chase Utley"

Who compared Chase Utley to the Russian prime minister?

"Vladimir Putin Is Chase Utley"

Quote, "Vladimir Putin is Chase Utley."

The question is the identity of the speaker

Was it Charlie Manuel?

Jerry Manuel?

Shane Victorino?

Anna Kournikova?

Nikolai Gogol?

George W. Bush?

Evgeni Malkin?

Mrs. Putin?

Mikheil Saakashvili?

Condoleezza Rice?

Alas, it was none of the above. The guy who said it was James Carville, the Democratic political operative/commentator. He was speaking on XM Radio on some show or other, talking about Sarah Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president. He was suggesting she wasn't ready for the big time.

"It's like they're bringing somebody up from Single-A to face the Phillies," Carville said.

Then he said, "Vladimir Putin is Chase Utley."

A little later he said, "China is like Ryan Howard."

It apparently was a compliment -- to the Phillies.

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