In my Communications courses I put a lot of emphasis with students on the power of analogy — comparing one thing to another as a way of making an argument. And how bountiful bad analogies are in political rhetoric. Recently in defending the onerous voter ID laws enacted by the GOP here in North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory repeated over (and over and over) that if people should have to show a state ID to buy Sudafed (for reasons obvious to anyone who watches Breaking Bad), they should have to do so in order to cast a ballot. He neglected to mention that voting is a fundamental Constitutional right with no involvement in the production of crystal meth; this point was also painfully missing from most of his interviewers’s lines of questioning. Watch McCrory’s announcement here, in which he saves Sudafed for the clincher in his string of bad analogies to the limitation of a fundamental Constitutional right.
Another to add to the bad-analogy list: The head of the far-right group “The Center for Military Readiness” has recently declared that allowing women into combat roles is “like saying let’s take those cheerleaders and put them into the frontlines of the NFL and football games.”