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07/17/2005: Life Imitating the Art of Unreality...

I haven’t even cracked the cover of the new “Harry Potter” book and already the allegories are surfacing between the Good/Evil metaphors of the world of Muggles and Magic and the Increasingly Evil world of Political Spin and Skullduggery at the White House.

Rove’s role hairy in ‘George Bush and the Half-Truth Prince’ by the ever Hillarious Burt Constable (Daily Herald Editorial Columnist) is a GEM. It opens with this comparison:

”Leave the newspaper stories about Karl Rove lying next to that new copy of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” this morning and the two begin to blur.

One is a complicated but fascinating tale of Good vs. Evil with flawed heroes, otherworldly villains, tyrannical and incompetent bureaucrats, preposterous myths and plucky pursuers of truth. The other is that new J.K. Rowling book.

You didn’t need Professor Trelawny’s crystal ball to see that joke coming up Privet Drive or Pennsylvania Avenue. But the two stories truly are easy to confuse.

Rove’s loyal supporters are to Democrats what Death Eaters are to Harry Potter.

“I’m loyal to my friends,” says President Bush, who always finds a place for them in his administration.

“I will only truly have left this school when none here are loyal to me,” says Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, who always finds ways to keep Harry and his friends, Ron and Hermione, from being expelled.….”

And the rest of the piece continues in this model of more Life Imitating the Art of Unreality. Give the rest of this piece a full read at the link above.

Karen on 07.17.05 @ 08:37 AM CST

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