So here, free of charge, is my suggestion to lower the temperature of our political debates.
Replace the metaphor for our clash of ideas, which is currently WAR, with something else.
And since the Democrats and Republicans can’t yet agree on anything, I will offer up a custom metaphor for each side.
The Repubs will henceforth think of, and refer to the Dems as their Red-Headed Stepchild. And the Dems will begin to picture their Crazy Uncles when they think of the Repubs.
I think you’ll agree that these images surely elevate our current political debate.
The Republicans already think the Democrats are Socialists/Communists, so the Red color fits. And there is even an (admittedly remote) link to the Democratic’s Iconic Donkey if we replace it with a Rented Mule. Even better, the Repubs will love the image …
“Beating you like a red-headed stepchild” refers to a terrible beating. It is a variation of “beating you like a rented mule.”
On the flip (sic) side, President Obama has already used the Crazy Uncle metaphor during the Presidential Campaign. Although he was referring to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, we know he was really thinking about the Republicans.
And when Mitch McConnell smiles, there is an uncanny resemblance to Steve Balmer.
Although Uncle Mitch hasn’t been smiling much these days.