Meet Simile and Sui Generis. Simile, to refresh memories, is a favorite rhetorical device of writers that compares two essentially unlike things that nonetheless have similar characteristics: The quarterback was like a locomotive.
Fifty years after the death of John F. Kennedy, there's no mystery about why his brief presidency remains an object of fascination. It was glamorous, photogenic and cut short by an assassination that still seems an insoluble puzzle.
For concision and precision in describing Barack Obama's suddenly ambivalent relationship with his singular — actually, his single — achievement, the laurels go to Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. After Obama's semi-demi-apology for millions of canceled insurance policies — an intended and predictable consequence of his crusade to liberate Americans from their childish choices of "substandard" policies sold by "bad apple" insurers -- Scalise said: