Dana Stevens Strained Political Analogy Watch

The self-parody continues apace:

In Harry and his pals' fifth year at Hogwarts, the stalwart headmaster, Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), is in the process of being overthrown by Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), a Ministry-appointed prig who wants to whip the students into shape for their upcoming wizardry exams, the OWLs. Her blind allegiance to standardized testing, not to mention her relentless chipping away at civil liberties, recall a certain U.S. president, but the analogy is never overplayed. (emphasis mine)



I'm sure it isn't.

The real question is how long Stevens can keep this up. I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry comes out next week; that should provide fodder for some digs at GOP homophobia. Then there's The Simpsons movie, which is bound to have at least a few political jokes for her to batten on; then The Bourne Ultimatum (Stevens: "Bourne is the ultimate rebuke to neocon imperialism: he's blowback incarnate, the nightmare that haunts Dick Cheney's dreams"); then an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's fairy tale Stardust ("As the fallen star, Claire Danes' fragile radiance symbolizes the beauties of the natural world that are imperiled by the Bush Administration's stonewalling on global warming"); and then, of course, there's Nicole Kidman's The Invasion, about pod people taking over Washington: the strained analogy practically writes itself.

Sure, it's going to be pretty hard for her to top comparing Decepticons and Autobots to Republicans and Democrats. But I have faith - just like a certain U.S. President.