Alex Massie

Nancy Pelosi is, er, Pussy Galore?

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Has anyone at the Republican National Committee actually watched Goldfinger? Apparently not. My friend Garance Franke-Ruta picked up on a web video posted on Youtube by the RNC which compared Nancy Pelosi with Pussy Galore. And this is supposed ot be an attack ad? Sheesh, when did being compared to Honor Blackman become a bad thing? I take no position on the question of whether or not the CIA misled Congress - the ostnesible subject of the ad - but this wilful ignorance of all matters Bondian cannot be allowed to stand.

Do these people not realise that Pussy Galore is the movie's heroine? Granted, her coversion to the cause is only confirmed after, literally, a roll in the hay with Sean Connery but from that point forward she's one of the Good Girls. Indeed, 007 and Felix Leiter would not have been able to foil Auric Goldfinger's assault on Fort Knox unless Pussy Galore and her Flying Circus had betrayed Goldfinger. That's quite important!

Accordingly, any sensible person watching the RNC video is left confused: do they mean to suggest that "Pelosi Galore" is actually on the side of the angels? Or, and I grant that this seems less probable, could it be that they simply haven't a clue what they're talking about?

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Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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