The End of Mubarak is Like the Second Inning

THE NEW YORK TIMES OP-ED WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2011, MAUREEN DOWD

According to Ms. Dowd, Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations who worked at the State Department during President George W. Bush’s first term, says this about Egypt’s political eruption, ” This could go off the rails.  The end of Mubarak is like the second inning.”  

To go off the rails is a metaphor about trains.  If they go off the rails they often crash.   The end of Mubarak is compared to the second inning in a baseball game, in other words it’s just the beginning, as there are normally nine innings in a baseball game unless there is a tie and then the game can go on until one of the teams breaks the tie.  I would assume the protests are the first inning.

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