I don’t quite view it as the broken egg; I view it as the cracked egg ...Now, I don't do metaphor, but this chunk keeps getting played on NPR, quoted in papers, etc. and none of the folks I've heard or read in the mainstream media seems to be saying what lots of political bloggers have said: This doesn't make sense. I guess the best case would be an egg with a cracked shell but the membrane still intact, so it's not leaking. Been a while since I've been around laying hens, but isn't a cracked egg a goner from the relevant bird's eye perspective? Even for cooking, the Food and Drug Administration urges us to not buy eggs with cracked shells for safety reasons, see here. Eggs aside, Merriam-Webster's entry for cracked is this:
1 a : broken (as by a sharp blow) so that the surface is fissured *cracked china* b : broken into coarse particles *cracked wheat* c : marked by harshness, dissonance, or failure to sustain a tone *a cracked voice*Kinda seems like we're seeing the full range of meanings in play in Iraq and that interview. Or maybe people will start to wonder if Bush is on the pipe?
2 : mentally disturbed : CRAZY
But please, media people, stop quoting this bizarre phrase unless you're going to offer some insight into what it means.