By Ryan Miner
At a recent Montgomery County CD-6 Republican congressional debate, Washington County commissioners’ President Terry L. Baker remarked,
“If I were in war, I think the last people I would want in my foxhole would be Clinton, Obama, Kerry, I’d have to take them out first.”
The video of Baker’s remarks is below:
Whether Baker was joking or not, a Republican congressional candidate should understand how to gauge and temper his or her remarks in public, especially in a congressional district that, according to analysis, is D+4 (or more). Should Baker somehow win the CD-6 Republican primary, John Delaney would have a field day with Baker’s remarks in the general election.
And I predict the many Montgomery County Democrats that Baker would need to win over to beat John Delaney in a general election matchup wouldn’t exactly view his remark as an off-colored joke, either.
You would think Baker would have enough sense not to joke about “taking out” the current president, a former president, a presidential candidate and the current secretary of state.
But Baker doubled down on his remark, however, after Herald-Mail newspaper reporter CJ Lovelace contacted Baker and asked him to provide some clarity.
“Baker defended his comment Friday, saying it was “a metaphor for the way I feel about their courage to stand up for America’s safety.”
“It was a metaphor, and that’s all it was,” he said.”
Commissioner Baker should contact his close friend and former teacher colleague Karen Harshman, a retired Washington County Public Schools English teacher, to learn the real definition of a metaphor.
A metaphor is a figure of speech which makes an implicit, implied or hidden comparison between two things that are unrelated but share some common characteristics. In other words, a resemblance of two contradictory or different objects is made based on a single or some common characteristics.
- The snow is a white blanket.
- The hospital was a refrigerator.
- The classroom was a zoo.
- America is a melting pot.
- Her lovely voice was music to his ears.
- Life is a roller coaster.
- The alligator’s teeth are white daggers.
- Their home was a prison.
- The slide on the playground was a hot stove.
- His heart is a cold iron.
- She is a peacock.
- He is a shining star.
- Time is money.
- My teacher is a dragon.
- Tom’s eyes were ice.
- The detective’s face was wood as he listened to her story.
- She feels that life is a fashion show.
- The world is a stage.
- My kid’s room is a disaster area.
- The children were flowers grown in concrete gardens.
- Kisses are the flowers of affection.
- His words were cotton candy.
- Mary’s eyes were fireflies.
- John’s suggestion was just a Band-Aid.
- The cast on his broken leg was a plaster shackle.
- Jane’s ambitions are a house of cards.
- Her long hair was a flowing golden river.
- The computers at school are old dinosaurs.
- Laughter is the music of the soul.
- He is a night owl.
- Maria is a chicken.
- The falling snowflakes are dancers.
- With his new haircut, he was a sheepdog.
- At five o’clock, the interstate was a parking lot.
- Books are keys to your imagination.
- Her teddy bear was her best friend, never telling her secrets.
- The peaceful lake was a mirror.
- Terry was blue when his goldfish died.
- The wind was an angry witch.
- The ballerina was a swan, gliding across the stage.
- Her angry words were bullets to him.
- Your brain is a computer.
- Jamal was a pig at dinner.
- You are my sunshine.
- The car was a furnace in the sun.
- Thank you so much. You are an angel.
- That coach is an ogre.
- Ben’s temper was a volcano, ready to explode.
- The kids were monkeys on the jungle gym.
- The sun is a golden ball.
- The clouds are balls of cotton.
- Sue’s room is a zoo with fish, a gerbil and a parakeet.
- The park was a lake after the rain.
- The lightning was fireworks in the sky.
- Gary is a mule.
- That lawn is a green carpet.
- My dad is a road hog.
- The stars are sparkling diamonds.
- Those two best friends are two peas in a pod.
- He is a walking dictionary.
- Donations for the popular charity were a tsunami.
- Necessity is the mother of invention.
- My big brother is a couch potato.
- The road was a ribbon stretching across the desert.
- The teenager’s stomach was a bottomless pit.
- The thunder was a mighty lion.
- I am so excited. My pulse is a race car.
- The moon is a white balloon.
- Toddlers are rug rats.
- The stormy ocean was a raging bull.
- Her tears were a river flowing down her cheeks.
There was nothing “implicit” about Baker’s so-called “metaphor.”
“Taking out” President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry, former President Bill Clinton, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton isn’t a metaphor. Not even close.
The fallout from Baker’s remarks continue, and I expect his faux pas only to get worse.
Terry Baker doubles down.