The blogger known as ‘Billmon’ really ought to try his hand at the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. In a post published yesterday, he wrote that Kos’s recent book “took a sawed off shotgun to the leeches attached to the Democratic Party’s flabby underbelly”. I don’t doubt that a sawed-off shotgun would be a very effective way to kill leeches, but wouldn’t it also kill or maim the owner of the flabby underbelly to which the leeches were attached? Perhaps Billmon is hinting that he — or Kos — is willing to kill the Democratic Party in order to save it from the ‘leeches’. Then again, perhaps he thinks of Kos as a microscopic warrior blasting leeches one by one with a microscopic shotgun, in a demented parody of Fantastic Voyage. Either way, this has to be one of the worst metaphors ever written — satirical examples excepted, of course.
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