Before we go to break, I want to make a quick point. We were having a discussion about the Chicago mayoral race. My friend Andy Shaw used the term “in the crosshairs” in talking about the candidates. We’re trying, we’re trying to get away from that language. Andy is a good friend, he’s covered politics for a long time, but we’re trying to get away from that kind of language.
Stop it! Stop it stop it stop it! This is just ridiculous. The English language is chock full of martial metaphors, and there’s simply no reason to think they have anything to do with actual, nonmetaphoric people taking actual nonmetaphoric shots at other actual nonmetaphoric people. This whole thing has gotten way out of hand, and we need to strangle it in the crib.1
1No, I don’t plan to strangle any actual babies in any actual cribs. And no one reading this will be suddenly consumed by the idea of doing so either.