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In fact, he’s thinking and talking about the World Series.

Now, this is going to get confusing, but please, just ignore the details, which have something to do with Barack Obama, the White House, the British embassy, political chicanery and a bust of Winston Churchill. The key point is that Krauthammer was having a dispute with White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, and Krauthammer was right in the end, and Pfeiffer apologized.

But before that happened, the columnist wrote this:

An apology would be nice, but given this White House’s arm’s-length relationship with truth — and given Ryan Zimmerman’s hot hitting — I reckon the Nationals will win the World Series before I receive Pfeiffer’s mea culpa.

And after the apology? Well, it gets even more confusing.

Because on Tuesday’s episode of The O’Reilly Factor, this dialogue happened:

Krauthammer: I accept the apology. I must admit I was utterly surprised that I got it. I’d written in my column that I thought the Nationals would win the World Series before I’d see an apology, and there it was.
O’Reilly:  So the Nationals, they may win this year.
Krauthammer: They are going to win the World Series. Exactly. Now I know where to put my money.

But on Tuesday’s episode of Special Report with Bret Baier, this dialogue happened:

Krauthammer: I must say, it’s a gracious apology. I was stunned. I didn’t expect it to happen. I actually wrote in my column that I thought the Nationals would win the World Series before I’d see an apology. So now I suppose the Nationals are not going to win the World Series. But it’s a gracious apology. They are still clinging to a tiny point on this, but the argument is over, and I appreciate the correction and retraction.
Baier: And we can still have the Nationals win the World Series. Come on, you got to believe.

And so, thanks to a bust of William Churchill and a White House operative, we now know that the Nationals both will and will not win this year’s World Series.

Someone better demand an apology.

(Via Barno. Yes, Barno.)