Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Say It Ain't So Joe

The award for worst metaphor at the recent Senate confirmation hearings for soon-to-be US ambassador to the UN John Bolton has to go to Senator Joe Biden:

"Some have said sending you to the UN would be like sending Nixon to China. I'm afraid it would be more like sending a bull into a china shop," said Biden.


I'm so sick of politicians (of both the Left and Right) coming up with these obviously prepared cutesy little lines that they hope will play as sound bites. I'm sure some lackey staffer of Biden's was smugly glowing with pride when the Senator uncorked this "zinger" that they had probably spent hours concocting in preparation for the hearings.

Did anybody really say that sending Bolton to the UN would be like sending Nixon to China? I highly doubt it. But it doesn't matter. As long as it helps make Biden look witty with a memorable tag line, then he'll run with it.

I liked Biden's material better when he was lifting it from Neil Kinnock.

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