Reasons To Clam Up


President Trump speaks at a "Make America Great Again" rally in Greenville, North Carolina, on July 17, 2019. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — We’re at the height of clam season, a cause for celebration by any true New Englander, even if the 28 clams I paid for a clam plate at my favorite clam shack seemed like a bit much.

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But as much as we celebrate the clam this time of year, the news cycle speaks to another important use for the clam besides eating.

It’s time that many of our most prominent citizens seriously consider clamming up.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should have known better than to bait some of her less-mature freshman members by trash-talking them about how little real clout they have.

She should have clammed up in public, as should they, unless none of them really care about denying the president a second term.

Speaking of which, no one could benefit more from some serious clamming up than President Trump, who’d be sitting pretty with a 60-plus percent approval rating if he didn’t have diarrhea of the tweet.

Social media is littered with the carcasses of people who just couldn’t clam up and wound up tweeting and instagramming and chatting their way out of jobs and friendships.

Friends of mine who cover sports always tell me they struggle to get comments from notoriously clammed-up athletes.

But Red Sox pitcher David Price is one who needs to clam up more often.

Mr. Price, trust me, I’m from around here – you will never, ever win a rank-off with Dennis Eckersley.

So once again, we return to wise words attributed to Abraham Lincoln, which I will update here – better to clam up and be thought a fool, then to speak up and remove all doubt.

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