From Gail Collins’s NYT column yesterday, “Bye, Bye, John Boehner”:
under normal circumstances, [Speaker of the House John Boehner] would have used the Democratic votes to keep the government funded. Then the right wing would have descended on him like a band of vicious wombats.
I was taken aback by the vicious wombats. In my experience, wombats are seen as stupid and ridiculous, rather than dangerous. From Wikipedia:
In general, wombats are seen by many as being fat, slow, lazy animals, and are often mocked.
But wombats have powerful claws and sharp teeth, and they don’t like to be handled. So, from Wikipedia:
Humans can receive puncture wounds from wombat claws, as well as bites. Startled wombats can also charge humans and bowl them over, with the attendant risks of broken bones from the fall.
If you mess with a wombat, you might well see them as vicious, as some people seem to. (But they don’t travel in bands.)