“Throw him under the bus ...” This one is used by all the commentators in questioning why Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) did not divorce himself sooner from the provocative rhetoric of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Not only should the senator have criticized his former pastor, he should have “thrown him under the bus.” What’s that supposed to mean? A metaphor, no doubt, but surely not what the picture connotes.
“At the end of the day ...” This is how pundits sum up. Not “considering all these points, I conclude ...” or something like that. It is invariably, “At the end of the day ...” Since the political vicissitudes change daily, why use this inapt reference? At the end of the day comes tomorrow.