How Is President Obama Like the Chilean Miners?

Some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine:

Muddled Metaphor?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is comparing President Obama to the Chilean miners. Reid says when President Obama replaced George W. Bush, he found himself in what Reid called "a hole so deep that he couldn't see the outside world. It was like the Chilean miners, but he, being the man that he is, rolled up his sleeves and said 'I am going to get us out of this hole.'"

One conservative blogger had a slightly different take on that analogy -- quote -- "[Reid] has a point. [President Obama's] in over his head. He's leading a party that's about to be buried by an avalanche in two weeks and he's completely in the dark."

Chain Gang

Security guards at an event for Alaska Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller handcuffed a reporter who tried to ask him a question this weekend. The Anchorage Daily News reports the editor of the Alaska Dispatch website was detained until Anchorage police came.

The private security firm claimed the editor was trespassing at a town hall event, but he has not been charged with a crime. Politico reports Democratic candidate Scott McAdams tweeted to Miller: "In case you were unaware, the Constitution also applies to reporters."

The Miller campaign released a statement titled "Liberal Blogger 'Loses It' at Town Hall Meeting," saying the "blogger" chased Miller to the exit and tried to create a publicity stunt.

Two Sides of Same Coin

And finally, Democratic leaders in the House and Senate who have bashed Republicans for allegedly using foreign money in political ads are being accused of having a double-standard.

The Hill reports Democrats raised more than $1 million from political action committees affiliated with foreign companies. That is about double the $510,000 Republicans have reportedly taken from PACs on the same list.