Sunday, April 15, 2012

On this day, 100 years ago, the most obvious Metaphor for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign struck an iceberg

Artist's conception of Romney's staff leaving his campaign after election day.
The sinking of the most obvious Metaphor for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign occurred on the night of 14 April through to the morning of 15 April 1912 in the north Atlantic Ocean, four days into its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. It was the largest Metaphor in service at the time, The Metaphor had an estimated 2,224 people on board when she struck an iceberg at approximately 11:40 pm on Sunday, 14 April 1912. She sank two hours and forty minutes later at 02:20 am on Monday, 15 April, resulting in the deaths of 1,514 people, making it one of the deadliest Metaphors in history.

The Metaphor had received several warnings of sea ice during 14 April but was traveling near her maximum speed when she collided with the iceberg. The Metaphor suffered a glancing blow that buckled her starboard (right) side and opened five of her sixteen compartments to the sea. The Metaphor had been designed to stay afloat with four flooded compartments but not five, and the crew soon realized that the Metaphor was going to sink. They used rocket flares and radio ("wireless") messages to attract help as the passengers were put into lifeboats. However, there were far too few lifeboats available and many were not filled to their capacity due to a poorly managed evacuation.

The Metaphor broke up as she sank with over a thousand passengers and crew members still aboard. Almost all those who jumped or fell into the water died from hypothermia within minutes. A rescue ship arrived on the scene about an hour and a half after the sinking and had rescued the last of the survivors in the lifeboats by 09:15 am on 15 April, little more than 24 hours after The Metaphor's crew had received their first warnings of drifting ice. The disaster caused widespread public outrage over the lack of lifeboats, lax shipping regulations, and the unequal treatment of the different passenger classes aboard the ship.

In other news today, Mitt Romney and his campaign staff were busy rearranging the deck chairs at their campaign headquarters.

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