Found it on Facebook — Progressives unable to understand a figure of speech

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.

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  • MacG

    The phrase that Tagg sued was “take a swing” not punch as in ‘punch  him out” as the ProgBorg insinuated.  Tagg was responding to a reporters question “how does it make you feel to have someone call your Father a liar?” ‘…take a swing but you can’t do that”. 
    Book is right.  He showed control over what he felt.  When your paradigm is all about feelings this makes it something the Progs have a hard time understanding.  It may be that they know the depth of their seething and how close they are to becoming unhinged.  It is not not for no reason the wisdom writings say “A fool gives full vent to his anger but a wise man keeps himself under control.” Proverbs 29:11

  • MacG

    Love this headline at the LA Times “Lame outrageover Tagg Romney’s ‘swing'”

  • Mike Devx

    The Left would clearly prefer that Tagg Romney had given a Michael Dukakis statement.  You remember, when Bernie Shaw at CNN asked Michael Dukakis what his reaction would be to a rapist if the rapist had raped Dukakis; wife, Kitty.  Dukakis gave a bland statement about the system working the way it should work, etc.  He showed no passion or emotion, and just got HAMMERED for it.  Justifiably so.

    And Tagg Romney?  You boil down what he said even futher, and it amounts to this:
    1. You feel like you want to go punch the guy
    2. Even if I thought that was a good idea, it’s not possible
    3. And actually, it’s not a good idea. 

    Possibly he didn’t state it 100% smoothly, but I’m 100% with him.

    Maybe if Dukakis had taken the same approach, he wouldn’t still be a laughing-stock:

    “Bernie, at first you want to murder the guy.  You obviously want him to suffer – and badly!  But I’ve been governor, and I can’t just allow anyone to exact vengeance.  I couldn’t let you either.  You know our system and I know our system, and that doesn’t work.  You’re enraged – you’re outraged!  But I can’t do what I wouldn’t let YOU do either, so somehow, you have to find a way to let the system work.”

    Easy enough in retrospect, I know.  And thank God Tagg didn’t fall for the same trap.

  • Ymarsakar

    I could finger flick Obama and he’d be flying across the room.