ANALOGIES….Atrios makes the following observation today:

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about arguing with conservative assholes – never use analogies. never use comparisons.

Well, I don’t know for sure if this is something that’s unique to conservatives ? or to assholes ? but it definitely rings true. I’ve noticed that whenever I write something using an analogy, I get a bunch of mail arguing that the analogy isn’t perfect and that therefore my entire argument fails.

Note to the world: analogies are never perfect, they’re just meant to be, well, analogies. If used well, they can help you understand an argument better, but it’s the argument itself you should pay attention to.