He just let the cat out of the box

Instead of posting my new malaphor for Monday, I thought I would repost this gem from a few years ago.  This one appears in my new book, “Things Are Not Rosy-Dory: Malaphors From Politicians and Pundits”, available NOW on Amazon.  Here is the link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08C7GGMG5?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860

“This is another one from Senator Bernie Sanders, this time regarding a comment made by Senator Pat Toomey.  Sen. Sanders asked if Toomey would pledge not to cut Social Security and Medicare and Toomey responded, “I will not cut benefits on people who are on it right now”.  Sanders responded that Toomey “Just let the cat out of the box”.  It is a mix of “out of the box” (a product that can be used immediately) and “let the cat out of the bag” (to reveal a secret by accident).  Of course a “cat box” may have been on Sanders’ mind as he was articulating his disdain for the proposed Republican tax bill. A big thanks to Susan Ameel for hearing this one!”

And below is another nice illustration from the book drawn by my friend and dentist Dr. Cheryl Rosato!


4 Comments on “He just let the cat out of the box”

  1. janharner says:

    Outstanding malaphor and drawing!

    Janet Harner janharner@verizon.net

    “The noblest question in the world is: What good may I do in it?”  — Ben Franklin

  2. Floutsch says:

    Might also have been a low-key Schödingerreference 😉

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