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Great Quote, But Dubious Sourcing

Okay, so the following quotation from two months ago is zipping around the blogosphere, attributed to a columnist named Burt Prelutsky in the Los Angeles Times.  Except no one has been able to find it at the Times website or anywhere else.  But it is too good not to pass along (as an exiled Californian):

Frankly, I don't know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we're number one. There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on 'Macbeth'. The three of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don't know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words.
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I think it's in fact a faked quote. Someone came up with that fantastic "Three witches from MacBeth" analogy and needed a vehicle to carry it. Nice imagery; lousy execution.

It sounded like classic Burt, and he claims ownership (from his own blog):
On a personal note, I was recently gratified to find one of my quotes being widely disseminated on the Internet. It was the line about the last time that most people have encountered the likes of three women such as California’s Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi, was when the curtain went up on “Macbeth.”

Those words did appear in an article I wrote a while back, “The New and Improved Iron Curtain,” but, just to set the record straight, the article did not appear in the L.A. Times. Although I did write a humor column for the Times for 11 years, the relationship ended in 1978. These days, the rag exists mainly as a propaganda machine for Obama. They won’t even run my letters to the editor, let alone my articles.
The article is here:

He might have set a record for the amount of name-calling in such a short text.

Obnoxious, dingbats, witches (implied), jackasses.

This sort of "humor" tends to remind me of Rush Limbaugh.

Perhaps I have been severely misinformed or have only the most selective memory of what I have read, but I doubt Dianne Feinstein suffers now or has ever suffered from deficits of intellect or seriousness (and she has some history of being an adversary of the more repellant elements in the California Democratic Party).

Do you think you'll ever get over it?

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