Essay: A Horse in Sheep's Clothing

Nobody likes seeing a young man succeed, but nobody enjoys seeing him suffer either, so it was with eager pity that the nation watched David Stockman eat crow before the press last Thursday. Had Mr. Stockman talked less to the press earlier he would not be squirming now, but garrulity was not his blunder. Mr. Stockman's Administration-shaking mistake was not that he talked, but how he talked. He used a metaphor. Moreover, it was "a rotten, horrible, unfortunate metaphor," as he put it un-metaphorically in his news conference. Yet life would be no rosier for Mr. Stockman had his metaphor been...

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