In the January, 1984 advertisment
for the Apple Macintosh computer, an unnamed heroine
throws a sledgehammer at a television broadcast image of Big Brother. The effect that the commercial had was significant at the time. It was played on the news for days.
The imagery of the hammer has been used rhetorically in recent history to decribe former congressman Tom DeLay as a tough-nosed, unyielding leader. I think Nancy Pelosi is going to redefine the word and hammer through the evil empire that the Republican party has become. Viva La Pelosi!