Kabuki politics

Article from today’s NYT says:

This may be a moment of reckoning for Mr. Bloomberg, as a Republican leader in a town where being a Republican is something of a kabuki art, political analysts say.

In recent days I’ve also heard the John Roberts nomination process described as a ‘kabuki play.’ When did this become such a widespread metaphor in political reporting? More importantly, when are the actors going to start doing somersaults to keep the kids happy in between speeches?

3 thoughts on “Kabuki politics”

  1. I, too, would like to see the Senate Judiciary Committee perform tricks for the children. A tramopline would certainly help.

  2. Following the Japanese election, I saw articles comparing it to Kabuki, Noh, and samurai films on separate occasions. Take your pick I guess..

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