Is that you have to waste your time responding to them, such as the the Poorman. Of course it is a metaphor, you jackass. And to spare you the time, I recognize that Jonathon Swift really didn’t want to eat babies, and that John Donne really wasn’t concerned with fleas at all.
Olbermann used the hole in the ground ( a graveyard, mind you), as an oppportunistic metaphor to attack Bush- the hole in the ground represents the psychic wounds caused by Bush’s fierce partisanship (and alternately, to read Olbermann, his inaction), and the country will not be whole again until (to read Olbermann), something is in the 16 acres.
Sure, it is a powerful metaphor, especially if you are the teary, choking up type. But it was opportunistic and hacktacular (just as Bush’s use of his 9/11 speech to justify the War in Iraq was) to use the site of several thousand dead to launch into a political harangue talking about Bush- particularly when the two are unrelated. Bush has nothing to do with the still empty site in NYC, as I noted, and Olbermann knows it, as does the Poorman.
And if you can’t figure out why using the space where thousands of Americans died as the vehicle for nationally televised partisan attacks is inappropriate, then I just give up. It is wrong when the Bush administration and Republicans use 9/11 as an excuse to push through all their ill-conceived policies, and it iswrong when their opponents use it to advance their political agenda- even when the weepy types like the Poorman think it is eloquent. And since the Poorman thinks he needs to educate us all, let’s quote him some more:
I should also add that, in addition to being shrill, I also got a little choked up at Olbermann’s retelling of 9/11. I honestly thought that all the opportunistic bullshit that’s been piled on over the last half-decade had made my too cynical to feel any pure sadness. So thanks for that, too, Keith. Seriously.
In a post praising Olbermann’s opportunistic attack on Bush, the Poorman decries the opportunism of the Bush administration.
That is called irony.