"We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious. They stole it from us. Sneaky little hobbitses. Wicked, tricksy, false!"
In the context of the fight over the debt ceiling, Martin Frost says the Tea Partiers are the Taliban. John Kerry says they're "absolutists and extremists." William Yoemans, writing at Politico, says they're "full-blown terrorists."
The one thing that unites the above worthies is that they are registered collectivist Democrats. Thus, this is why they talk that way, for their intellectual passports are stamped with a hammer and sickle.
But what of The Wall Street Journal, seconded by John McCain?
The fiery, independent version of the Republican senator from Arizona took to the floor of the Senate Wednesday morning. Demanding “straight talk,” Mr. McCain accused conservatives of abandoning reason by opposing the House Republican leader’s plan to resolve the debt crisis.
Mr. McCain mocked Tea Party-allied Republicans in the House for believing — wrongly, he said — that President Obama and Democrats will get the blame for a default if Republicans refuse to increase the nation’s debt ceiling.
By that flawed logic, “Democrats would have no choice but to pass a balanced budget amendment and reform entitlements and the Tea Party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth,” he said, quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial.
“This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into G.O.P. nominees,” he jeered, referring to two losing Tea Party candidates for the Senate in 2010.
It is a measure of how removed from reality and principle these so-called "conservatives" are that they would think "hobbit" is an insult.
And if tea party folks are "hobbits" that makes McCain Gollum, right? And the Wall Street Journal must be the Oracle of Saruman.
In any case, as a New Mexico tea party leader told my friend Bob Wright, "the hobbits won." This was later echoed by Ed Morrissey at Hot Air.
McCain’s thinking is pretty clear here — the One cannot be defeated, and so one must join forces with it. Had McCain actually read the books that he references, he’d have seen how well that worked out.
By the way, just in case in you don’t recall … the hobbits win in Lord of the Rings. They got a lot of ridicule from the elite and the powerful along the way, but they end up saving the West from ruinous destruction.