I've read "Life-Line" many times but never really thought about the wonderful word "canaille": an ignorant rabble, a mob; literally, a pack of dogs.
There are just so many people this could be applied to! The MSM, TSA, hell, whole bunches of federal bureaucrats, etc.
Might we even say that Todd Akin is a "one-man canaille"?
During our recent re-reading I realized I had read it previously but had dissociated the name from the story in my memory. We also spent quite a time discussing "canaille" and trying to solidify the word in our vocabularies.