People get so crazy about minor things like the truth. Presidential aspirant Michele Bachmann said that the American Revolution began in Figaro’s home state. A minor mistake—she was only one state off—yet snobs in her own party jumped all over her.
She makes Sarah Palin
look like Count Metternich.
GOP consultant Mike Murphy on Twitter, quoted in Politico.
After Congresswoman Bachmann mistook Concord, New Hampshire, for Concord, Massachusetts, Mike Murphy responded with what we call a Contraster. A figure of relativity, the Contraster brings in an object of contrast to make a subject look bigger or smaller; more or less important; or more or less ridiculous. While there’s no precise formal name for this figure, the syncrisis comes pretty close.
Incidentally, we were surprised that a modern politician knew of Klemens von Metternich. The Austrian diplomat helped end the Napoleonic wars; his realpolitick inspired Henry Kissinger. And, no, Congresswoman Bachmann, Austria is not in New Hampshire.