In an article headlined "The Conservative Machine's Unexpected Turn," Washington Post reporter Peter Baker gets a little too light in the metaphor department. He begins by noting that the White House wanted to build an army to fight for his judicial nominees. "Yet now, as the president struggles to sell the nomination of Harriet Miers, much of Bush's army is refusing to leave the barracks -- and part of it is even going over to the insurgency."
Since the "I" word is now standard lingo for the press to describe the anti-democratic terrorists of Iraq, is that really the best image for the Washington Post to apply to disappointed conservatives? (While Baker used the word "conservative" eight times in the article, and quoted Jay Sekulow with another two C-words, reporter Chris Cillizza's piece today on Emily's List -- the PAC that funds only pro-abortion female Democrats -- didn't have a single liberal label in it.) This is not the first time Peter Baker has grown a little overenthusiastic in his metaphors.