File Under "Metaphors No One Should Ever Use When Discussing Barack Obama"

File Under "Metaphors No One Should Ever Use When Discussing Barack Obama"

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Dec. 13 2011 1:08 PM

File Under "Metaphors No One Should Ever Use When Discussing Barack Obama"

Funny thing: The Obama campaign summons a select group of reporters to a briefing on 2012 strategy, and this is the quote that everybody runs with: "Just remember the higher a monkey climbs on a pole, the more you can see his butt." (Image from Google News.)

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The quote was Axelrod citing Ald. Dick Mell, who, not unique among Chicago Democrats, has a way with words. It answers a need that I've heard a couple of Democrats worry about, if somewhat sarcastically. That need: Blurring the lines a little bit, so it's not completely obvious that Democrats would rather run against Gingrich than Romney.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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