Mika: Clinton Campaign 'Pounced Like Lemmings'

Granted, there's lots of time to go, but it's not going to be easy to catch Mika Brzezinski, the early clubhouse leader for the Year's Most Inapt Metaphor.

Barackophile Brzezinski made her bid for the prize during the opening segment of today's Morning Joe, accusing the Clinton campaign of having pounced on Obama like . . . lemmings.

Let's set the stage: the topic was a TV commercial Hillary's running in PA that, in touting her readiness to confront any crisis, briefly flashed an image of Osama Bin Laden. A headline [see screencap after break] in Today's NY Post claims the commercial employs "scare tactics" and the "fear factor." Joe Scarborough suggested that as tough tactics go, the ad was in fact small potatoes compared to truly brass-knuckled methods employed in the past. After playing a clip of Obama responding by touting his own leadership credentials, Scarborough complimented the candidate for not complaining.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: That was not whining, that was much better than what he's been doing the past couple days where he's been talking about "old, dirty politics." Because old dirty politics is what they did to McCain in 2000.

WILLIE GEIST: Yeah.

SCARBOROUGH: What the NAACP did to Bush in 2000, what Bush did to Kerry in 2004.

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Well, but you can't argue that the Clinton campaign didn't do some serious damage in light of the Wright stuff and the bitter comments--

SCARBOROUGH: That wasn't the Clinton campaign.

BRZEZINSKI: They pounced on it like lemmings.

SCARBOROUGH: That wasn't the Clinton campaign--

BRZEZINSKI: Oh, please.

SCARBOROUGH: And I don't know if lemmings actually pounce. I think lemmings go over cliffs.
Like Mika with her metaphor?

Note: The Classical Values site offers an amusing take on those pouncing lemmings. Among other things, Mika is not mentioned by name. She's simply referred to as "an Obama staffer."
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Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.