Why Hogwarts is Better Than Washington

David Rothkopf on the dark magic afoot in the capital
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2011 1:48 PM CDT
Why Hogwarts is Better Than Washington
In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Ralph Fiennes portrays Lord Voldemort in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."   (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures)

(Newser) – In honor of Harry Potter’s last cinematic outing—and the debt ceiling negotiations playing out in Washington—David Rothkopf of Foreign Policy has come up with a list of the top 10 ways Washington is worse than Hogwarts:

  • Peter Pettigrew was only a rat sometimes. Unlike politicians like Mitch McConnell, who are rats all of the time.

  • Congress is full of Death Eaters. Although in this case, Voldemort is played by Grover Norquist, who “may succeed with anti-tax religion in doing what the Soviet Union could not—bankrupting and thus breaking America,” Rothkopf writes.
  • Voldemort didn’t tolerate rivals the way John Boehner does. “Admit it, you’d vote for Draco Malfoy over Eric Cantor (if you could tell the difference).”
  • Hollywood math > Washington math. Sure, tinseltown’s known for some creative accounting, but they at least watch the bottom line. They certainly wouldn’t have cast “engorgio” on our deficit the way Washington has in the past 10 years.
Click to read his full list. (Read more Harry Potter stories.)

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