As 2010 election season kicks in, President Obama is making the claim that we should not give the keys back to the Republicans after they wrecked the car.
It started out simple enough. There was a car (the economy). And a ditch (the recession). Republicans had been driving the car (were in power) for eight years. It went into the ditch. And now that Democrats have dug the car out (won power and passed a bunch of economic recovery policies), the Republicans want back the keys (power).
It is a metaphor that doesn’t go far enough.
The Republicans didn’t just wreck the car or leave it abandoned in the ditch. The scene below is from the movie Super Bad. If the economy is the car, then THIS is what the Republicans did to the economy.