Posted: November 14, 2016
This was said by Erin Gloria Ryan on the Chris Hayes show, All In. She was referring to Trump. This is a congruent conflation of “tilting at windmills” and “wild goose chase”, both meaning futile searches or pursuits. “Chasing a ghost” might also be in the mix, and also “chasing rainbows”, the latter noted by “my ol’ pal”. As everyone probably knows, “tilting at windmills” is a reference to the masterpiece “Don Quixote,” wherein the title character tilts at windmills, thinking in his madness that they are enemies. He probably chased them as well. A tip of the hat to Sam Edelmann, frequent malaphor contributor, for hearing this one and passing it on.