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>This Year, Political Analogies Are Like Toothbrushes: TNR

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>THERE’s a challenge in writing about the overuse of analogy in contemporary political journalism: There’s no perfect analogy for the device. Are analogies the new adjectives? (It’s hard to describe anything without them.) Are they the office-seeker’s version of the Social Security number? (Without one, it’s hard to prove you exist.) Are they the narratives of our time? (Control it, and you control the campaign). Whatever you compare political analogies to, this much is clear: We sure seem to use a lot of ’em. Just like computers! (Or did I mean toothbrushes?), writes in The New Republic.
Analogies have always been with us. For the past eight years, though, it was easy to believe we had arrived at the golden age of political analogy–or, should I say, the analogists’ equivalent of Elizabethan England. With history-bookworm Karl Rove in charge of President Bush’s image, the 43rd chief executive was variously described as the 21st century’s Abraham Lincoln, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, and (most reverently) Ronald Reagan, to name just a few.


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