Let’s play a little analogy game. It’s simple, really: Just fill in the blank below.

John McCain is to Sarah Palin as Barack Obama is to _____.

A: Michelle Obama
B: Sasha Obama
C: Joe Biden
D: Joe Lieberman

The answer is (C). The answer, Chris Matthews, as you suggested repeatedly on Hardball last night, is not (A). Even though Sarah Palin is a woman, and Michelle Obama is also a woman, that doesn’t mean that Michelle is Barack Obama’s running mate. The ticket McCain/Palin is facing is, in fact, Obama/Biden. Thanks for playing!

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Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.