Saturday, October 23, 2004

What'll We Tell the Children?

What'll We Tell the Children?
The 2004 election as national metaphor
by Ezra Klein, Guest Contributor
It sometimes seems that Ralph Nader is convinced that the world revolves around him. What's stranger, however, is that he may be right. Why else would the Bush administration have spent their first term acting as a rebuttal to Nader's accusations of indistinguishable political parties? It's gotten so serious people can no longer blast Democrats for being "just another shade of gray." In fact, colored imagery has seemed so inadequate to the rhetorical task at hand that most of us have moved on to spatial descriptors: yawning chasms, worlds of difference, too far right to see, and so forth....