Before we look at the best/worst of them, let's pause to remember that there is still plenty of time in this process. Many puns are yet to be made. There are so many possibilities, from "seeing the forest for the trees" to "digging ourselves into a hole." I have high hopes for the future.
That said, to the list!
#5 Nick Magrino
In a recent column entitled "We Need to Stop the Southwest Corridor" Nick gets a special recognition award for NOT making an obvious railroad pun despite being given a golden opportunity to do so.
Here's the relevant passage:
So far it looks like, yes, we are. The Green Line extension planned for the Southwest Corridor is a mess. I want to use the word disaster, but I also want to avoid the hyperbole of the people yelling about freight trains crashing into . The situation has…deteriorated
Wow. He could have gone in so many directions there, from "train wreck" to "collision course" [see below], but he chose the one less travelled. No pun at all. It's like he's toying with us, keeping what we want just out of reach. And that makes all the difference!
Congratulations Nick for spoiling the pun fun.
#4 Barb Thoman
Barb over at Transit for Liveable Communities wins fourth place for her column "Keeping Southwest LRT Moving Forward."
The metaphor itself is right in the title, and makes the rather obvious link between a train traveling down tracks and our elegant political process. It's as if people trying to prevent the light rail from being built are that dastardly mustachio'd fellow who kept tying damsels to railroad tracks back in the 1920s. It's not gonna win the contest (too obvious!) but I think we can all agree that it's still a nice subtle use of figurative language.
#3 R. T. Rybak or Mark Dayton
You can always count on R.T. (stands for "rootin' tootin'") for an easily digestable media tidbit, and he doesn't fail us here. He's really taking a stand on this LRT debate, kinda sorta in a way, and he didn't let a golden opportunity pass him by (like a light rail train in the woods)...
Here's the clip:
Oops! It looks like it was Mark Dayton who made the pun, making anyone thinking critically about the issue believe they were about to be hit by a train. My bad! Sorry R.T. (stands for "re-tweet").
Well done, Governor. It's like the 'great freight train of politics' is about to hit the fragile 'little kid on a bike' of Kenwood donors. Collision course... Look out! Well done.
#2 Sandy Colvin Roy
Let's go to the tape...
I really like this. The tunnel and the conversations become one, and trust me, you cannot fathom the depths of either the tunnel or the politics. Well done, Sandy. We will miss you in the Southwest Journal.“I don’t want anybody who is not in these deep conversations to think it’s really practical to do a deep tunnel there,” said Sandy Colvin Roy, chair of the Transportation and Public Works Committee. “If we could, in this area, afford deep tunnels, there would be one in downtown Minneapolis.”
(Personally, I think this whole tunnel debate is quite shallow.)
#1 Gary Cunningham
Check out this excellent sound byte:
“I can’t think of another project where we’ve had this kind of acrimony,” said Metropolitan Council member Gary Cunningham, who plans on voting against the tunnels. He accused the Met Council chief and administration of pushing the plan forward without answering important questions about its impact on the environment or exploring other options.“I’ve never seen this kind of railroading,” Cunningham said.
Railroading, for those unfamiliar with the political scene of the 1920s, is an excellent word referencing unchecked political power. I can only assume that it comes out of the earlier turn-of-the-century era when railroads were all powerful, and railroad tycoons ran this country. To use it to refer to an actual railroad is an amazing recapitulation of an almost lost metaphor. Kudos, Gary!
|[Let's just hope the light rail train can be so swift.]|