“Conservative” paired with “brick thrower” would appear to be an oxymoron. But not among contemporary American conservatives. And at CPAC recently, Tim Pawlenty seems to have called on conservatives to engage in acts of violence against the federal government’s buildings that eerily anticipated the actual response of some conservatives to the passage of the health care bill:
Smash the window out of th—a big government in this country!
He almost said “the big government” but switched to “a big government,” and so it’s fair to ask, “A big government what? Building? Office?” He didn’t say “Smash the window on big government in this country”—which would have made the statement more plausibly a metaphor—but “Smash the window out of th—a big government in this country!” And so without the word “building”—as in “Smash the window out of a big government [building] in this country!”—the sentence makes, well, no sense.
He got his wish, didn’t he?