It is defined as follows:
Informal. the act of being humbled.Wrestling. a move or series of maneuvers that succeeds in bringing a standing opponent down onto the mat.
Brother Charles Pierce has an excellent piece on Bill Kristol's latest abomination.
A proper jeremiad it is, but I must disagree with some of his commenters (who number in the 60s and are growing fast) that it is an actual "takedown" of the Melanoma that Walks Like a Man.
Because a takedown, in the strictest sense, must involve the humbling of the person at whom it is directed, and nothing is ever going to humble a straight-up sociopath like Bill Kristol. Nothing is ever going to bring him low or "down onto the mat".
I know this because Brother Charles' jeremiad reminds me so very much of the very best of the vivisections of Bill Kristol in 2003. 2003 was the year that Bill Kristol's former Managing Editor, David Brooks, was handed a job-for-life at the New York Times.
It reminds me of all the great working over that we Liberals did on Bill Kristol in 2004.
And in 2005. 2005 was the year that one of Mr. Kristol's most infamous partners-in-treason -- Paul Wolfowitz -- was punished for his lies, arrogance and murderous incompetence by being given the job of running the World Bank.
But I digress.
Mr. Pierce reminds me of all the stomping we Liberals gave to Bill Kristol in 2006. 2006 was the year Stephen Colbert beat Bill Kristol like a rented mule.
And in 2007...the year Mr. Kristol was given his own column in Time Magazine.
And in 2008...the year Mr. Kristol lost his do-nothing/know-nothing Time Magazine featherbed but to balm his hurt fee-fees he was given a column the New York Times where he picked right up with his former employee, David Brooks.
And in 2009...when he lost his NYT gig and had to make do with continuing to be wrong on Fox, and being a regular guest on the Sunday shows.
And in 2010.
And in 2011.
And in 2012.
And in 2013...when he finally lost his Fox News gig.
And in 2014...when he was given another yet another consolation gig. This time on ABC News, thanks to the quick thinking of ABC's youngest executive producer, the very-nearly-post-pubescent Mr. Jonathan Greenberger. I am confident that the world will little note nor long remember that this is, in fact, the second time ABC News has made the mistake of hiring the flamboyantly depraved Mr. Kristol.
I myself have arranged more than my share of caustic words about Bill Kristol --
-- and after all this time it should be painfully obvious to anyone who has been paying attention that people like Mr. Kristol have friends. That people like Mr. Kristol know people. That people like Mr. Kristol are protected from up on high by the Prince of Darkness. And until Mr. Kristol's benefactors are dragged kicking and screaming into the light, no quantity of words -- however true or wise or cleverly crafted or widely praised -- is going to cost Mr. Kristol a single night's sleep, or blast that smirking, death's-head-rictus off of this face.