Would You Compare The Taliban To Republicans?
Every now and then I wonder how politicians who are in the business of talking and promoting ideas can fall into such a rhetorical pit.
When you’re in campaign mode, it’s probably best to choose your words — and metaphors — wisely. Texas Rep. Pete Sessions (R), the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, didn’t exactly do that when speaking yesterday to editors at The Hotline. Sessions referred to the Taliban when talking about the GOP’s resistance to the stimulus, as well as its strategy as the minority party. “Insurgency, we understand perhaps a little bit more because of the Taliban,” he said. “And that is that they went about systematically understanding how to disrupt and change a person’s entire processes. And these Taliban — I’m not trying to say the Republican Party is the Taliban — no, that’s not what we’re saying. I’m saying an example of how you go about is to change a person from their messaging to their operations to their frontline message. And we need to understand that insurgency may be required when the other side, the House leadership, does not follow the same commands, which we entered the game with.” Wow, we can think of plenty of other examples of insurgencies (American Revolution, Indian resistance to Great Britain), but the Taliban? Imagine what Drudge would do if a Democrat said this.
What about windbag Rush Limbaugh?