Quote: "QUESTION: The President has called [Harriet Miers] a pit bull in size six shoes. Could you elaborate? MR. McCLELLAN: Carl, what we have talked about publicly is her record and her qualifications and her judicial philosophy." Press briefing with White House spokesman Scott McClellan.
Figure of Speech: metastasis (met ah STAY sis), the figure that flits past the subject.
Scott McClellan chooses to say nothing with a metastasis, which barely touches the issue at hand before hightailing it out of there. It may be the politician's very favorite figure of all.
Snappy Answer: "Is a small-footed household pet really qualified for the Supreme Court?"