There's no question that Republicans are sitting in the catbird's seat.
“Putin's aim is to show that he is in the catbird seat, and there is nothing we can do about it,” this former officer said.
You might have thought that with Borders shutting down, Barnes and Noble would be sitting in the catbird seat.
A story showing how much the catbird knows and understands is of one in Iowa who had a nest in some vines over a porch.
Then Mr. catbird came out of the bush and apologized like the gentleman he was.
There is no whine of the panther, no whistle of the catbird, nor any invention of the devilish Mingoes, that can cheat me!
He can mew like a cat, and it is for this reason that he is called “catbird.”
There is always the pleasure of variety and the unexpected about the catbird.
Though she does not mew and scream as did the catbird, she is just as anxious, you may be sure.
If not, the first catbird he meets is the cleverest of the two.
1731, common name for the North American thrush (Dumetella Carolinensis), so called from its warning cry, which resembles that of a cat; from cat (n.) + bird (n.1). Catbird seat is a 19c. Dixieism, popularized by Brooklyn Dodgers baseball announcer Red Barber and by author James Thurber (1942).
"She must be a Dodger fan," he had said. "Red Barber announces the Dodger games over the radio and he uses those expressions--picked 'em up down South." Joey had gone on to explain one or two. "Tearing up the pea patch" meant going on a rampage; "sitting in the catbird seat" means sitting pretty, like a batter with three balls and no strikes on him. [James Thurber, "The Catbird Seat," "The New Yorker," Nov. 14, 1942]