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Hans A. von Spakovsky


March 29, 2013 - 7:31 am

When Chris Matthews compared President Obama to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca on his Thursday show after the President’s latest gun speech, he couldn’t even get his analogy straight.  Matthews said this:

“Let me start tonight with this: You know that scene in Casablanca when the French police captain shoots the Nazi, Major Strasser, and Humphrey Bogart does the right thing by Ingrid Bergman, and the anti-Nazi hero Victor Lazlo says “Welcome back to the fight, Rick.” Well, I felt that way today watching President Obama get back to the front in the historic battle for gun safety.”

The French police captain (played by Claude Raines) isn’t the one who shoots Major Strasser.  It is Bogart’s character, Rick Blaine, who Matthews is comparing the president to, who shoots the evil Nazi, Major Strasser.  Not a very good analogy to use for gun control.

Hans von Spakovsky is a Senior Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and the coauthor with John Fund of Obama’s Enforcer: Eric Holder’s Justice Department” (HarperCollins/Broadside 2014).

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Of course Captain Renault doesn't shoot Major Strasser. RIck has his gun on him to ensure that Victor and Ilsa get away safely.

Renault's moment comes later, when the police arrive, and instead of naming RIck as the shooter, he orders them to "Round up the usual suspects." Then, a moment later, he flings an empty bottle of Vichy Water into the trash in symbolic rejection of the Vichy government that he has served until then.

If O was a character in Casablanca, it would be the pompous German banker who is barred from the gaming room.

He's not tough enough for Strasser.
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Actually, I'm having a very hard time envisioning the O in either of those courage and no integrity. I do, however, envisiOn him being Major Strasser
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O's not even up to playing Peter Lorre's character.
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