Democrat Senator Likens Fox News's Glenn Beck to Voldemort, Villain of the Harry Potter Series

Tuesday, October 27, 2009
By Christopher Neefus


( – At a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing last Thursday, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) likened Fox News talk show host Glenn Beck to Voldemort, a diabolical character in the Harry Potter series. The hearing focused on the numerous policy "czars" that have been named by President Obama, an issue that has been a frequent topic on Beck's program.

In her opening remarks at the hearing, McCaskill called Beck “He Who Shall Not Be Named," a moniker used for the malevolent wizard Lord Voldemort, the antagonist in the bestselling Harry Potter books and films, by those too fear-stricken by his evil deeds to utter his real name.

McCaskill blamed the attention that has been focused on the Obama administration's "czars"--thus necessitating the committee's hearing--on what she called a "rant" by Beck on his program.

“This all began by--as my kids would say in reference to the Harry Potter series--this all began from a rant by ‘He Who Shall Not Be Named,’” she said.

In 2000, author J.K. Rowling described the character to Entertainment Weekly as “a raging psychopath, devoid of the normal human responses to other people’s suffering." In a 2004 interview with the BBC, she referred to him as an “evil dictator.” Throughout the books, Voldemort serves as a foil to hero Potter.

“Czar,” the name applied to the autocratic emperors of Russia before they were removed from the throne in the Russian Revolution, is the unofficial title given to certain policy advisers in the administration.

On his May 29 broadcast, Beck said that the president had more czars “than any other president has ever had” and “almost as many as Russia had in 400 years.”

On Aug. 21, Beck posted on exhaustive list on his Web site of the 32 appointees he deemed to be czars, with their names and job descriptions.

White House Communications Secretary Anita Dunn hit back by posting a “Reality Check” on the White House blog, linking to Beck’s site and using the same argument to discredit his claims. She wrote (on Sept. 16): “Of the 32 ‘czars’ on Beck’s list, nine were confirmed by the Senate.”

The reference to Beck was underscored by the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who later in the hearing referred to “He Whose Name Shall Not be Mentioned”--and said that the unnamed man was a constituent of his in Connecticut “who is my constituent and long-time acquaintance since he had a morning radio show in New Haven, Conn.” Beck is a resident of Fairfield County, Conn., and worked at Connecticut’s KC101 FM beginning in 1992.
So Voldemort is the new Hitler.