Magazine November 29, 2010, Issue

Unbalanced

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks during the Republican 2010 Victory Fundraising Rally in Orlando, Fla., October 23, 2010. REUTERS/(UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS) (Scott Audette/Reuters)

In baseball you can’t tell the players without a scorecard, but in political commentary you need a metaphor. As intellectually destitute as it was, the midterm campaign now blessedly drawn to a close did not come up short in this department. It promises to be trampled by metaphors. It will end up at the bottom of a pile of flailing metaphors all yelling “Lemme at it!” Future historians looking for a catchy book title will find such an embarrassment of metaphorical riches in it that they will evolve on the spot and form a brand-new genus of mankind: happy intellectuals.

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