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Talking Points, Potter Style

On Capitol Hill, Harry Potter still lags behind Star Wars when it comes to rhetoric.

George Lucas epic space opera spawned its own Capitol Hill lingo. 

Among other things, a plan to shoot down nuclear missiles with space-based weapons was nicknamed Star Wars, President Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union the evil empire and Hillary Rodham Clinton once called Vice President Dick Cheney Darth Vader.

But except for a few Republicans for Voldemort bumper stickers, the Harry Potter films are not referenced as often.

Here are a handful of Potter references from around the Hill.

This is kind of a Harry Potter budget. Theyre projecting unemployment at unprecedented, historical levels. ... They basically just wave their magic wand and said, these are the numbers that are going to restore the economy of the United States. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.), at an April 15 press conference.

The student who introduced me took note of the fact that the senior class had chosen as their speakers Ben Bernanke and J. K. Rowling, or, as he put it, two of the great masters of childrens fantasy fiction. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, at the 2009 Boston College School of Law commencement.

After a full day of campaigning, I got back to Chicago and read Harry Potter to my daughter and then took my wife out to dinner, then-Sen. Barack Obama, in an interview on Morning Joe in 2007.

Harry Potter Glossary

For the uninitiated, here are a few Potter references you may find handy: 

Lord Voldemort: An evil wizard who wants to rid the world of non-magical humans. Can be used to describe ones political opponents. Also known as the Dark Lord or You-Know-Who.

Muggles: Ordinary, non-magical humans. Can be used to describe taxpayers or average Americans. Example: This budget will hurt us Muggles.

Invisibility Cloak: Self-explanatory. Can be used to describe anything that ones political opponents wish to hide. Example: They want to throw an invisibility cloak over this issue, but the voters wont be fooled.

The Golden Snitch: A magical flying ball which, when captured, ends a game of Quidditch, usually leading to victory. Example: The economy is going to be the Golden Snitch of the upcoming elections whoever captures that issue will win the election.

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