The use of terms like "parasitical" and "bloodsucker" to describe the financial industry is rooted in Marxist-Leninism, Nazism, and anti-Semitism, and has been the subject of earlier coverage on this site here and here. The latest offender in this regard is James Williams, a former aide to Senator Durbin, the Senate majority whip. Mr. Durbin is a Democrat from Illinois. Here is the relevant passage, from an article in today's Roll Call:
"At this point, it's safe to say many in the Democratic caucus see Sen. Lieberman as a mosquito," said Jimmy Williams, a former aide to Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). "The bad news is he has sucked enough blood from both sides of the aisle. The good news is winter is coming, meaning his time in the Senate will thankfully come to an end."
It's unfortunate that Roll Call would spread this sort of blood-sucker language about Mr. Lieberman, who is well known as a traditionally observant Jew. And it's funny that they would refer to Mr. Williams as "a former aide" to Senator Durbin without mentioning what he has been since 2007, a lobbyist registered to represent such clients as American International Group, the Blackstone Group, the Carlyle Group, Chevron Corporation, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Icahn Associates Corporation, Pfizer, and the Mortgage Bankers Association.