The Republican party recently stepped in it with their attempt to make the Democrats look bad over a worn metaphor used on both sides of the aisle. Metaphors are dangerous, and no more so in the politcial arena where extending-the-metaphor-to-exaggeration and out-of-context quotes are mud-slinging fodder. The issue: recently Mr. Obama made reference to Republican’s efforts to coverup activities or mistakes with window dressing and saying essentially the Republicans were putting lipstick on pig and trying to call it something else. The Republicans turned it around and called the press gender police hoping to claim that the Dems were calling Covergirl Palin a pig with lipstick. The press turned around and made this the story instead of the Dems.
A couple of things smack of stupid here:
First, metaphors are like nitro-glycerin(dynamite sweat)(see I’m using a metaphor to talk about a metaphor, it’s kind of like a cat talking about skinning a cat), when handled right they can deliver the punch you’re looking for and when handled incorrectly they blow up in your face. Also, when you use a metaphor you have to consider who’s used it in the past and what points these individuals used the metaphor to illustrate. This metaphorical baggage that they carry may end up making your point moot in the end.
Second: Remember when you were in second grade and you ran out of mean things to say so you found yourself with two options: tell the teacher or call the other kid a doo-doo face. Both sides have run out of doo-doo face comebacks so now they’ve resorted to telling the teacher aka the press. The press, howerver, is very fickle and more than happy to turn anything into a story and have no moral positioning they’re looking to reinforce within this race
In my opinion, the Republicans have the opportunity to do their best to stay on message and try emphasize the massive difference in politics and experience that their ticket has to offer. However, these kind of activities smack of desperation. And let’s be honest, you don’t want to smell desperation on the part of your date or your political party. The Repubs need to step up their game above 7th grade lunchroom debate tactics and take it back to the straight talk about topics that matter that made McCain viable in the beginning. The more the two candidates act like kids fighting at recess, the less this country and especially the youth will be interested in voting. Obama and his dems now have the very same opportunity to let the Repub’s grab the “change” message that leaves voters with a very abstract feeling about nothing, and reach out to grass roots voters with a defined message.
If this keeps up, I’m writing in Pam from the Office as my candidatial choice.