Here's another twist in zombie political language: governmental programs as the living dead.
Zombie Government Bodies Spread Nationally;
Occasional Victories Require Difficult Budget Shot
J.D. Tuccille has in mind certain agencies of the "local government [which] often fl[y] under the radar..." Each one is busy
spreading its reach, hassling its subjects and outliving its usefulness while we remain largely unaware of the growing problem. It's the attack of the zombie government agencies, and victories against them are rare and hard-fought..
Tuccille does keep the metaphor going:
The special districts are almost impossible to kill, since they have entrenched defendes in the form of patronage hires and their own lobbyists, while most taxpayers don't know they exist. These seemingly unkillable government bodies do take an occasional head shot.
The article does consider other monsters, briefly:
We all know how intrusive, bloated and expensive the federal government is—the not-really-a-shutdown provided us a glimpse of just how far the beast on the Potomac has extended its tentacles into everyday life.
Zombie politics: has this become the representatie political meme of our time?