'Though Nancy Pelosi and friends have tried to call “death panels” the “lie of the year,” this type of rationing – what the CBO calls “reduc[ed] access to care” and “diminish[ed] quality of care” – is precisely what I meant when I used that metaphor.' — Sarah PalinExcept it's not a metaphor either. 'All the world's a stage' is a metaphor because a stage is something you can point to, whose attributes can therefore be borrowed. 'All the world's a death panel' cannot be because death panels do not in actuality exist. The word she is groping for, but is understandably reluctant to use, is, I believe, "imaginary." Keep wowing 'em, sister.