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The Hill quotes Biden as saying, in response to John Boehner’s speech calling for the resignation of administration officials, “Before we arrived in the West Wing Mr. Boehner and the Republican Party ran the economy literally into the ground.”
OK, that’s exactly the opposite of what literally means. Biden should have said “metaphorically.” But that’s only the beginning. The “economy” is not something that can be “driven into the ground,” in the sense of “driven with a forceful blow” or “driven by the wind,” because it consists of relationships and actions, not any physical thing. And in the sense that I think Biden means “driven,” as in driving a car, nothing — including the economy — can be driven “into the ground.” I.e. you can’t drive a car into the ground. Into a garage yes, into the ground no.
The problem seems to be that Biden was trying to stretch President Obama’s favorite obnoxious metaphor to fit the situation. From the same article: “[Deputy White House spokesman Bill] Burton referenced the president’s now familiar campaign theme that Republicans drove the economy into a ditch, criticizing Boehner for calling for the resignations of the people trying to drive that car out of the ditch.”
Here is an example of the metaphor in action, as early as May:
It gets old, but at least it has an interior logic. That logic seems to have escaped Biden.
And the entire concept of a metaphor appears to be lost on Burton, who suggests that Boehner has both driven a car into a ditch (an action inside the metaphor) and called for the administration economists’ resignation (an action outside the metaphor). In or out, buddy.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online