No blood in the water

October 03, 2006

Last week, we seized upon the landing of a certain fish in Dundalk to talk about Teddy Roosevelt, the public arena, and metaphor vs. reality. It turns out a lot of experts now think the fish - the real fish, that is - wasn't a piranha after all but a pacu, a disappointingly vegetarian relative.

Well. The pacu's less-than-bloodthirsty personality doesn't lend itself to use as an emblem of politics as practiced today or of the prevalent sideline commentary of the let's-you-and-him-fight variety. It looks ferocious but it isn't. We could, we suppose, try to work this up as some sort of harbinger of milder, easier times ahead. But sometimes a fish is just a fish.

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