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Pig Metaphors

Pig Metaphors

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.

He is doing it this way. I’m not doing it at all.

“McCain and bush support a drilling plan that wont produce a drop of oil for 7 years.”

Now I am really not a supporter of either person, in fact I am still amazed that with 300 million people in the U..S(thats 00,000,000 just in case you were wonderin) this is the best two (thats 1, 2 or “II” or the number 2 with no zeros) we can come up with?  But that odd and crazy fact is material for another blog and another day.  But I digress.

Obama’s ad starts off with that line, and yet if you look at obama’s proposed plan he doesn’t plan on producing a drop say. . . ever!  I say better late then never on that one.  Sure I am all for the alternate fuels.  I am not saying that moving away from them is a bad thing.  I am not saying moving towards oil is a bad thing either.  I say, believe what you choose to believe.  However, if he is going to make that a point of argument, then one would stand to think that he is going to do it faster.  That is simply not the case.  He is all about the other stuff.  Why doesn’t he say that he is more for it than McCain is.  Oh wait he isn’t!  But you gotta slam him for something.  Will McCain do the same thing back?  I suppose he will.  Will there be more ads like this from both parties?  I hope so, cause then I can blog about more and more.  Just wait for the debates!!

So Obama, if he is going to produce it in seven years and that is a bad thing, are you going to do it faster?

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