Thursday, March 6, 2008

Analogies rule

One of my favorite things about politics is the Art of the Sound Bite. It's difficult to break complicated policy issues down into digestable pieces that average voters will understand. (No, I'm not insulting their intelligence; just telling the truth.)

Enter the sound bite.

Some of my favorites from this week include:

  • "That's looking more like a Soviet-style ballot." (Fox News Channel's Brit Hume describing Michiganders' Democratic presidential primary dilemma, since Hillary Clinton was the only name on the ballot there. Barack Obama and John Edwards had requested that their names be removed.)
  • "When Sen. Obama was confronted with questions over whether he was ready to be commander in chief and steward of the economy, he chose not to address those questions, but to attack Sen. Clinton. I for one do not believe that imitating Ken Starr is the way to win a Democratic primary election for president." (Clinton communications director Howard Wolfson dropping the Democratic version of a dirty bomb by invoking the name of the much-reviled special prosecutor who investigated former President Clinton's relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.)
  • "She's nothing but a ball of white privilege and entitlement wrapped up in a blanket of victimhood and agrievement." (An anonymous poster on a message board at, describing Hillary Clinton and her refusal thus far to release her recent tax returns.)