Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Silliest Reagan Tribute: Rep. Ben Qualye's Ridiculous Metaphor

Today is Ronald Reagan's birthday—he would have been 100—and conservatives around the nation are remembering the nation's 40th president.

But not all Reagan tributes are thoughtful. Some, in fact, are downright silly. 

With a hat tip to The Nation's Chris Hayes, here's one of the most superficial, a by Arizona Rep. Ben Quayle for Politico.

Here are Qualye's first two paragraphs, which speak of the, er, rhetorical power of Rep. Qualye's s sugar-sweet vision:
When I was a child, President Ronald Reagan was the nice man who gave us jelly beans when we visited the White House.

I didn’t know then, but I know it now: The jelly beans were much more than a sweet treat that he gave out as gifts. They represented the uniqueness and greatness of America — each one different and special in its own way, but collectively they blended in harmony.
As Hayes put it: "Wow." Read more, if you dare: