The third season of "Game of Thrones" is over, but Republican fans of the fantasy television show can keep the "War of the Five Kings" going with a new game from the National Republican Committee: "Game of Dems."
The parody game targets four Democratic congressional candidates, each of whom the committee has assigned a noble house name, all presided over by "the Kingdom of Pelosi," a.k.a House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. All four are running for the seat currently held by Republican Gary Mille in California's 31st congressional district.
Pete Aguilar, for example, the current mayor of Redlands, California, is represented by "House Aguilar," which "prepares for the battle by stockpiling resources from his insider allies, the DCCC in faraway Washington, D.C." Eloise Gomez Reyes, meanwhile, is derided for having "the special interests on her side," such as EMILY's List, a political action committee that supports pro-choice Democratic female candidates.
Liberal website Think Progress has already published a takedown of the parody game, pointing out that the maps drawn by the NRCC look a lot more like Middle Earth from J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" than the world created by George R.R. Martin for his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series, the basis for "Game of Thrones." The "Game of Dems" map uses similar fonts, colors and even brushwork to maps of Middle Earth; they're a far cry from the sweeping 3-D maps that open every "Game of Thrones" episode and the detailed geography depicted in the fictional maps of "A Song of Ice and Fire."
The NRCC also inexplicably features Pelosi as residing in a cathedral.
Progressive consultant Jamison Foser joked of the NRCC on Twitter: "…and then next week, we'll do a Star Trek theme. We can call Nancy Pelosi 'Darth Pelosi' and Obama 'Jar-Jar.'"
Alleigh Marré, a spokeswoman for NRCC, defended the map to Whispers, saying that “instead of focusing on what’s best for California families or uniting behind any of their out-of-touch candidates, Democrats are arguing the finer points of cartography.” She also continued the “Game of Thrones” to “Game of Dems” analogy, noting that “the burden of battle is really starting to show.”
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Updated 06/10/13: This story has been updated to include comments from the NRCC.