Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, September 3-4, 2016
Can Anxiety Beat Depression in November? by Peggy Noonan
” …Everyone knows what they think; everyone knows their impression of Mrs. Clinton and Donald Trump.” Ms. Noonan points out in this article that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been famous for a quarter-century. “But not everyone knows how they will vote.”
Ms. Noonan further writes that the presidential contest will come down to a battle between depression and anxiety.
“Mrs. Clinton is depression in this race: You know exactly who she is, what trouble she brings–she always brings that sack full of scandal–and she won’t make anything better. Mr. Trump is anxiety: If you back him you know you’re throwing the long ball, a real Hail Mary pass to the casino developer and reality TV star who may or may not know how to catch the ball when catching the ball means everything…”
This football metaphor/idiom is explained fully in the website http://www.sportsidioms.com. Basically, it is a long pass thrown by the quarterback in a desperate situation.