Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Michael Steele uses the wrong metaphor

Talking Points Memo quotes the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel quoting RNC Chairman Michael Steele:

"All you moderates out there, y'all come. I mean, that's the message," Steele said at a news conference. "The message of this party is this is a big table for everyone to have a seat. I have a place setting with your name on the front.

"Understand that when you come into someone's house, you're not looking to change it. You come in because that's the place you want to be."

The big problem with Steele's "party at the party" metaphor is that it's wrong. He isn't inviting some guests over to his house to have a good time, snack on some chips, have a few beers. What he's trying to do is to persuade some workmen to come over and help him rebuild a house that he and his friends have just finished trashing.

"Sure, come on over," Steele says to an assembled group of carpenters, plumbers, and painters. "We'd love to have you over. We really need your help here, as you can see, because the place is a mess. It's going to take a lot of hard work, but with your help, we can make this place as good as new. What's that? Your pay? Oh no, we won't be paying you anything. You'll be doing this for free. After all, this is our house, not yours. Once you're finished work, your reward will be to stand around helplessly and watch me and my friends trash it again."

I'm going to go way out on a limb here and predict that Steele's appeal isn't going to work.

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