The other day, Joe Biden used a figure of speech:
Ryan has written a book called The Young Guns with two other fellows, members of the house . . . no, these are the Republican leaders in the house. You had . . . . You had . . . Unfortunately, these bullets are aimed at you.
The audience, rather than running for shelter, laughed at Joe’s witticism. They fully understood that Ryan wasn’t outside the door gunning for them.
Apparently Progressives’ ability to understand figures of speech vanishes if a conservative if speaking. As you may recall, after Obama repeatedly impugned Romney’s integrity during the second debate, Tagg Romney spoke up. In doing so, he used a variation on a figure of speech familiar to many of us when someone near and dear to our hearts has been insulted: “I’d like to punch that guy.” Not only did he use a figure of speech, he then explained that he was using a figure of speech, and didn’t really mean what he said (emphasis mine):
Tagg Romney, the eldest son of the GOP presidential nominee, joked on a North Carolina radio station that he wanted to jump out of his seat at Tuesday’s debate and “take a swing” at Obama as the president repeatedly called out Mitt Romney.
“But you know you can’t do that because … there’s a lot of Secret Service between you and him, but also because this is the nature of the process,” Romney told Bill LuMaye of WPTF-AM. “They’re going to do everything they can do to try to make my dad into someone he’s not. We signed up for it. We’ve gotta kinda sit there and take our punches and then send them right back the other way.”
Note, too, that Tagg was generally using fight metaphors in his speech, since he finished by saying the Romneys have to “take our punches and then send them right back the other way.”
As I said, though, Progressives don’t get metaphors unless they’re the ones using them. That’s why I found this image from a reliable Progressive on my Facebook page today:
If one wants to say anything about Mitt, it’s that he successfully taught his son that violence is not the answer : using a non-violent process is. As many have understood, politics is war by other means. Tagg explicitly stated that he’s more than willing to abide by non-violent means to achieve a power shift in the body politic.