Metaphors Are too Tough for You.

Gail Collins at the NYT thinks you are too dumb to realize that Tim Pawlenty was kidding. During his speech at CPAC, Pawlenty referred to Tiger Woods wife:

“We should take a page out of her playbook and take a 9-iron and smash the window out of big government in this country,” he urged.

The overall strangeness of this thought aside, consider the timing. An angry man had just smashed his airplane into an I.R.S. office in Austin, Tex., killing one federal employee, injuring others and breaking quite a few windows. Does this seem like the very best time to be encouraging people to assault government property? Pawlenty’s defenders will undoubtedly say that he did not want his listeners to literally grab a golf club and hit something. But it is my experience that many Americans do not totally understand the concept of a metaphor.

However do you stop drooling?


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