Of all the metaphors used to describe the Clinton campaign, so far I have not seen this one. As far as I know it is original and I offer it with great glee and delight.
All her masts are stumps, she's down by the head and listing to starboard. Her hull is badly holed, her scuppers running red, her railings in splinters, her guns unhoused, her powder barrels empty, and her gunports awash. And she is no John Paul Jones.
Update, Wednesday afternoon
Yes, Bruce, a Navy man. And I happen to be re-reading Patrick O'Brian, as in Master and Commander, at the moment. I think this is my third reading of the entire series, but it will be the fourth for some of the books.