Abarafi suggests a metaphor for the 2008 presidential election:
It is more than just a case of the devil you know versus the one you don’t. It’s more like having terminal cancer and one doctor says “you’re dying here’s some pain killers” and the other saying “you’re dying now but there’s this experimental medicine that may cure you.” Who in his right mind would not take the medicine on the chance – yes it’s a risk – that it might save you? We know the Republican treatment – we’ve had it for eight years, now, and the country is slowly dying. McCain’s speech amounts to a bottle of Tylenol.