“One of the many oddities of the English language,” it has been noted, “is the multitude of different names given to collections or groups, be they beasts, birds, people or things. Many of these collective nouns are beautiful and evocative, even poetic.”
You’ve got your gaggle of geese. You’ve got your pack of dogs. You’ve got your stuck of jellyfish. You’ve got your colony of ants. And many, many more.
To these I propose to add another: An embarrassment of Democrats. That they’re incapable of embarrassment is part of the equation, but just part.
The party itself is an embarrassment. Let us count the ways on another day, some time after the publication of Bill Voegeli’s forthcoming The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion. (I have read a galley copy.) In my opinion, Voegeli’s is the best short book on politics since Machiavell’s Prince, and a helluva lot funnier.
This is a party led by Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi. Hillary Clinton stands in the wings. An embarrassment of Democrats. Admit it. It’s perfect.
In subsequent posts I’ll take a look at Democrats running for office seeking to continue or add to the embarrassment.