Wednesday, March 12, 2008


A Brilliant Example of a Parthian Shot

What many people call a parting shot actually refers back to a Roman saying several millennia old, namely, a Parthian shot, from the Parthian's ability to reverse in the saddles on their cavalry horses and shoot arrows accurately. What seemed a rout to the pursuing Roman cavalry would suddenly become a withering attack, a final, telling blow just before an exit.

Thomas Sowell has a good article on the Spitzer pay-for-it affair but it contains a sublime Parthian shot about a different Democrat leader:

[Obama's] "personal" character matters, just as Eliot Spitzer's "personal" character matters -- and just as Hillary Clinton's character would matter if she had any.

Like a Parthian arrow, that was well-aimed and deadly on point.


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