Political metaphor waits to happen: Bailey the beagle plays dead

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This old clip from David Letterman was kicking around in my Facebook feed today. On the surface, it’s just Bailey the beagle playing dead and returning to life on command. Writ larger, it’s a political metaphor for something. Exactly what is up to you. Hit the comments, please.

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Political metaphor waits to happen: Bailey the beagle plays dead

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