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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Separated at Birth: Dolores Umbridge and Nancy Pelosi

In my most recent post, I alluded to the "Goblet of Fire", which is of course a reference to the blockbuster novel/movie "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" by J.K. Rowling. In the reference, Heath Shuler is compared to a contestant in a wizarding competition who places his name in nomination by putting it in the Goblet of Fire. In this case, Ol' Heath is placing his name in nomination for House Dem Leader.

That begs the question: "What Harry Potter character is Nancy Pelosi?"

There are so many possibilities. The nominees: Sybil Trelawney (the spacey Divinations professor who can't predict anything; Luna Lovegood (the student who is a little off center); or Ministry of Magic Bureaucrat Dolores Umbridge.

The winner is Dolores Umbridge (pictured above). Umbridge is a politician who is saccharine sweet. She is always perfectly appointed in pink. There is never a hair out of place. And she is very sanctimonious.

But what locks it up for Umbridge is her denial that Voldemort is a threat to good wizarding folks. Throughout her time on the screen, Umbridge repeats the party line that Voldemort is "not back". This is a very clear but likely unintentional analogy to the real life appeasers of the American Left, who insisted that there was no threat to America in the Middle East, either from Al-Quaeda or the former facist dictator of Iraq, Saddam Hussein or from the theocrats in Teheran. Umbridge is the quintessential denier who protects her cushy spot in the status quo by using her bully pulpit and her rule-making power to stife dissent.

Sound familiar?

Nancy Pelosi and Dolores Umbridge, separated at birth.

From: Tim Howes

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