M.Leddy + metaphor   68

Iowa as metaphor
Frank Bruni: “This wasn’t a political contest; it was a kidney stone.”
14 days ago by M.Leddy
Small pleasures
House Manager Adam Schiff (D, California-18) today spoke the word copasetic on the Senate floor. And he referenced some famous phrasing from Casablanca : “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world,” casting Burisma as Rick’s Café Américain.
film  metaphor  words 
14 days ago by M.Leddy
The House Managers
“Give the ball to Adam.”
4 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Italy’s Sardines
“Organizers say their goal is to stop a far-right, anti-immigrant wave rising in Italian society and politics.”
metaphor  politics  sardines 
8 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“A night in October”
A night in October is a blanket is a night in October.
metaphor  Musil 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
At the table
“We should continue to focus on kitchen-table pocketbook issues.” That’s boilerplate language.
metaphor  politics 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
Literal cream
“It’s going to be interesting to see how the cream of the crop rises to the top.”
june 2019 by M.Leddy
“Also like a metaphor”
From Robert Musil, The Man Without Qualities.
metaphor  Musil 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Block those metaphors
“Even as Democratic contenders are well into the process of courting high-ranking and local labor officials, union leaders plan to delay their endorsements as they take the temperature of members on the ground in an attempt to avoid the top-down approach that caused so much heartburn.”
april 2019 by M.Leddy
Another Bermuda Triangle
From the film Private Life, a metaphor for a difficult time of year.
march 2019 by M.Leddy
New directions in metaphor
New, at least, to me: “Can I double-click on that later?” Meaning, “Can I go into detail about that later?” “Can I wait to explain that?”
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Block that metaphor
“The tsunami of new words has not so far relieved us of the encroaching corruptions of political vocabulary skewered by Orwell seventy years ago.”
november 2018 by M.Leddy
CNN, sheesh
“The rails are starting to come off.”
metaphor  sheesh 
august 2018 by M.Leddy
“The best witches”
From a New York Times editorial : “For a witch hunt, Mr. Mueller’s investigation has already bagged a remarkable number of witches.”
metaphor  politics 
august 2018 by M.Leddy
“This tape is a Rosetta stone”: does the metaphor really fit?
july 2018 by M.Leddy
At the center
I turned on the television and heard an MSNBC anchor describe Stormy Daniels as the person “at the center of Michael Cohen’s legal troubles.” No, that would be Michael Cohen.
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Steroids and stilts
“Trump is Nixon on steroids and stilts”: John Dean (who should know).
metaphor  politics 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Metaphors, mixed
“We’ll bottom out, and then we’ll start to turn a corner.”
metaphor  television 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Scabs and banjos
Chris Matthews, speaking of Donald Trump on Meet the Press today : “He knows he can find the issues that rip the scab off this cultural divide, and he plays it like a banjo.”
metaphor  politics  simile 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
Good cop, bad cop
This metaphor for a Tillerson–Trump North Korea strategy is, let’s say, faulty. And not merely because there is no evidence of a coordinated strategy.
metaphor  politics 
october 2017 by M.Leddy
Metaphor, off-course
“Corporate America has become the moral compass that is leading the argument.”
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Extending a metaphor
The shit will continue to hit the fan with tiny fecal hands, knocking the fan off the tabletop (it’s a table fan) and making a mess everywhere.
metaphor  politics 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Awkward metaphor of the day
“He’s not going to be a wallflower that’s going to get pushed around.”
metaphor  politics  television 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Block that metaphor
“They’re trying to find the middle ground where they can straddle this awkward situation.”
metaphor  politics  television 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
From an old notebook
“The next number will be ‘I’m in the Mood for Love,’ sung by a member of the Eagles Club.”
metaphor  notebooks  poetry 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Stefan Hagemann deconstructs of a Trump-campaign metaphor.
metaphor  politics 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Spinning and pitching
A dubious three-part metaphor to explain why Donald Trump is now on his third campaign manager.
metaphor  politics 
august 2016 by M.Leddy
Awkward metaphor of the day
“She’s straddling both ends of this.”
metaphor  politics 
july 2016 by M.Leddy
Block that metaphor
“. . . and Bernie Sanders nipping at her toes.”
media  metaphor  sheesh  television 
june 2016 by M.Leddy
Front as guest
A talking head on MSNBC makes an awkward metaphor.
metaphor  news 
april 2016 by M.Leddy
“Rocket surgery”
And other problem metaphors.
march 2016 by M.Leddy
Sink redux
Kitchen sinks, 2008 and now.
metaphor  politics 
february 2016 by M.Leddy
“No Figures of Speech”
A student pointed out the words left behind on the blackboard.
comedy  metaphor 
april 2014 by M.Leddy
When clichés collide
“There’s no free lunch at the end of the day.”
april 2013 by M.Leddy
Bad metaphor of the day
“All sides of the political spectrum.”
metaphor  politics 
february 2013 by M.Leddy
Cliffs and metaphors
“If the cliff is behind us, doesn’t that mean that we’ve already —”
metaphor  politics 
january 2013 by M.Leddy
Happy harvest
Mirr Romney, harvesting people. Aiiee.
metaphor  politics 
september 2012 by M.Leddy
Kurt Andersen on American politics
Autoimmune disorders and the paranoid style in American politics.
culture  metaphor  politics 
august 2011 by M.Leddy
Similes, metaphors, analogies: from xkcd
analogy  comics  metaphor  simile 
july 2010 by M.Leddy
Reinventing the wheel
A metaphor takes on new meaning
metaphor  words 
november 2009 by M.Leddy
Metaphors for life
Gilgamesh and the Odyssey rule.
Gilgamesh  Homer  life  metaphor  Odyssey 
october 2009 by M.Leddy
A cow on the tracks
Michael Steele's inept metaphor
metaphor  politics 
october 2009 by M.Leddy
Mixed metaphor of the day
"With so many pressing issues on his plate, Mr. Obama is engaged in an astonishing juggling act."
metaphor  words 
april 2009 by M.Leddy
Enough with the sink
"The kitchen sink strategy": a dying metaphor rears its head
metaphor  politics 
october 2008 by M.Leddy
Bad metaphor of the day
Ed Rendell compares students for Obama to Kool-Aid drinkers
BarackObama  metaphor  politics 
april 2008 by M.Leddy
Of prongs and pillars
Inept political metaphor, from Wolf Blitzer
metaphor  politics  words 
march 2008 by M.Leddy
Times reporter on metaphorical spree
NY Times reporter mixing metaphors with abandon
metaphor  politics  words 
march 2008 by M.Leddy
CNN and mixed metaphors
A race, a gun battle, a prizefight
metaphor  politics 
february 2008 by M.Leddy

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