Friday, September 12, 2008

I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like

But obviously McCain/Palin have. The big political news this week was a fluffy controversy over whether Obama called Sarah Palin a pig.1 Some of my friends have suggested that Obama set himself up for the attack by referencing "lipstick." But with McCain/Palin so settled on calculated umbrage as a campaign tactic, it seems unlikely Obama could have found a metaphor to convey the message that

  • Can't polish a turd: Sly reference at Palin changing diapers; subliminal attempt to touch off Mommy Wars.
  • Deja vu all over again. Quote comes from Yogi Berra who is old and dottering (though he was dottering when he said it and is old now). Clearly an agist attack on McCain.
  • Can't teach an old dog new tricks: Calling Palin a dog now? Completely inexcusable. Bonus campaign flip-flop after Biden opined that she is good looking.
  • A leopard can't change it's spots. Does Palin wear animal print?
  • Putting old wine in a new botttle. Now it sounds like he's asking her on a date.
  • The more things change, the more they stay the same. The original is in French -- Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose. 'Nuff said.
Everyone has advice for Obama this week. The clear lesson from L'affair de la cochon? Stop speaking. Now.

1Here's a close as I can come to a complete transcript of the infamous remark splicing together MediaMatters and Ben Smith:
    Let's just list this for a second. John McCain says he's about change, too. Except -- and so I guess his whole angle is, "Watch out, George Bush, except for economic policy, health-care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy, and Karl Rove-style politics. We're really gonna shake things up in Washington." That's not change. That's just calling some -- the same thing, something different. But you know, you can't -- you know, you can put lipstick on a pig; it's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change. It's still gonna stink. We've had enough of the same old thing
And as for Obama's second metaphor? I'm not going near that.