If there’s ever a time when using the shooting of children as a metaphor is a good idea, December 2012 certainly isn’t that time. That’s what House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer did today though, telling reporters on Capitol Hill that the GOP’s fiscal cliff negotiations were “somewhat like taking your child hostage and saying to somebody else, ‘I’m going to shoot my child if you don’t do what I want done.'”

Earlier today, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid likened Rep. John Boehner to a dictator, which in retrospect doesn’t seem nearly as crass.

Yes, he did. It’s not so surprising when you consider that last year he accused the House GOP of having their chambers loaded and wanting to “shoot every bullet they can at the president.”