That's a good metaphor:
1. You have to deflate it first, then things might work out. After you have humbled the beach ball (which it will not do on its own) you might have a chance. But it is still not guaranteed to succeed.
Some beach balls must be completely broken down if you want to fit them into the end of a hose.
2. You have to deflate the liberal mind first, etc., etc.
Some liberal brains must be completely broken down if you want to......
That was a very useful metaphor.