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WSJ: Tea Party “hobbits” need to go back to Middle Earth, or something
HotAir.com ^ | July 27, 2011 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 07/27/2011 6:13:44 PM PDT by Immerito

BARAD-DUR, MORDOR (HA) — The Wall Street Journal offered this, er, interesting assessment of Tea Party opposition to the John Boehner plan:

But what none of these critics have is an alternative strategy for achieving anything nearly as fiscally or politically beneficial as Mr. Boehner’s plan. The idea seems to be that if the House GOP refuses to raise the debt ceiling, a default crisis or gradual government shutdown will ensue, and the public will turn en masse against . . . Barack Obama. The Republican House that failed to raise the debt ceiling would somehow escape all blame. Then 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 having defeated Mordor.

This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees. The reality is that the debt limit will be raised one way or another, and the only issue now is with how much fiscal reform and what political fallout.

There are a couple of problems with the WSJ’s analysis, as well as a couple of salient points.  First, the House GOP did offer to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for the Cut, Cap, and Balance Act.  Harry Reid wouldn’t even put that to a floor vote in the Senate, tabling it instead.  Boehner then proposed another smaller bill that required a vote (not passage) of a Balanced Budget Amendment, which Democrats refused.  To this moment, Democrats still haven’t put one single specific proposal on the table to raise the debt ceiling, not even in the Senate, where they control the majority. It’s true that believing that all of the blame will fall on Democrats is wishful thinking, but Republicans have offered up very specific plans that increased the debt ceiling, including the one Boehner is now reworking.

By the way, that “crack political thinking” of the Tea Party might have offered up a couple of clunker candidates, but it also produced a 63-seat swing in the House for Republicans and put people like Marco Rubio, Kelly Ayotte, and Mike Lee in the Senate.  Which is good news, because we still have a couple of old wizards from the Saruman school stuck there:

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.

Actually, maybe McCain could be better described as the Mouth of Mainstream Media, given that he seems unable to come up with his own thinking on the topic.  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.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hobbit; hobbitgate; hobbits; mccain; teaparty; wallstreetjournal

1 posted on 07/27/2011 6:13:52 PM PDT by Immerito
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To: Immerito

I’m not a hobbit, I’m an elf!


2 posted on 07/27/2011 6:21:03 PM PDT by Ellendra (God feeds the birds of the air, but he doesn't throw it in their nests.)
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To: Immerito

The WSJ is right


3 posted on 07/27/2011 6:21:37 PM PDT by SideoutFred (B.O. Stinks...it really does)
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To: Immerito

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! I was JUST readying to find the YouTube on this puerile, preposterous pronouncement from the father-of-the-year. It made me wonder when he made his anti-Falwell statement—one year, two years after his election? This is a pol the likes of which no dem dares compete in matters of principle. Is he senile? Or maybe he’s being held prisoner by Meghan and Cindi until he’s similarly brainwashed.

What an utter ass.


4 posted on 07/27/2011 6:21:37 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: Immerito
I'm not quite sure what McCain is getting at but his kind of thinking failed to get him elected President.

Captain McCain could best serve by retiring.

5 posted on 07/27/2011 6:24:52 PM PDT by oyez (The difference in genius and stupidity is that genius has limits.)
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To: Immerito

Paul Gigot is still running the editorial board at WSJ, no?


6 posted on 07/27/2011 6:27:39 PM PDT by Huck
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To: Immerito

I knew John McCain didn't come up with this on his own.


7 posted on 07/27/2011 6:30:33 PM PDT by CommieCutter (Promote Liberal Extinction: Support gay marriage and abortion!)
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To: Immerito

McCain is wormtongue in LOR speak


8 posted on 07/27/2011 6:35:04 PM PDT by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: SideoutFred

Nope ... the WSJ is quite wrong ... Film at Eleven ...


9 posted on 07/27/2011 6:35:48 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne
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To: Immerito

Other methods for contacting The Wall Street Journal:

By e-mail: wsj.service@dowjones.com

By telephone: 1-800-JOURNAL (1-800-568-7625)

By fax: 1-800-975-8618

Contact the Online Journal, WSJ.com by e-mail: onlinejournal@wsj.com

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126832878888060011.html


10 posted on 07/27/2011 6:43:55 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: SideoutFred

No, the WSJ is embarrassingly wrong.

For starters, the author of the editorial failed at accurately presenting his (her?) own analogy.

“and the tea-party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor.”

When did the Hobbits leave Middle Earth?


11 posted on 07/27/2011 6:44:52 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: SideoutFred

No, the WSJ is embarrassingly wrong.

For starters, the author of the editorial failed at accurately presenting his (her?) own analogy.

“and the tea-party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor.”

The hobbits didn’t *leave* Middle Earth when they journeyed forth from The Shire.


12 posted on 07/27/2011 6:45:37 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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13 posted on 07/27/2011 6:46:45 PM PDT by RedMDer (Abolish FReepathons. Be a monthly donor.)
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To: Immerito
Which is good news, because we still have a couple of old wizards from the Saruman school stuck there:

Now I have a new vision to see whenever I hear McCain talking. Here are some Saruman quotes from the movie (I don't have a digital copy of the books to search quickly) that are appropriate for a Senator/Wizard who is looking for the best deal in a complete sell out.

Saruman: Against the power of Mordor there can be no victory.

Saruman: We must join with Him, Gandalf. We must join with Sauron. It would be wise, my friend.
Gandalf: Tell me, "friend", when did Saruman the Wise abandon reason for madness?

Saruman: I gave you the chance of aiding me willingly, but you have elected the way of pain.

14 posted on 07/27/2011 6:48:10 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The Dems demanding shared sacrifice are like Aztec priests doing it while cutting out my heart.)
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To: Immerito

It would help if this guy had read “The Hobbit”.

Hobbits lived in the Shire. And Frodo, was given the mission to destroy EVIL.


15 posted on 07/27/2011 7:03:09 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: Immerito

I’ll be happy to return to Middle Earth just as soon as Mordor burns to the ground. (6’5” 300# knuckle dragging Hobbit)


16 posted on 07/27/2011 7:07:19 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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To: Immerito

Someone please post the graphic of the fall of the tower of Sauron. That will be 11/6/2012.

Rise, men (and women) of the WEST!!!


17 posted on 07/27/2011 7:08:06 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Immerito

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.


18 posted on 07/27/2011 7:09:36 PM PDT by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: Marty62

Frodo is the name of my dog. And he’d do a damn sight better leading this country right now than what we’ve got.

And he works cheap...walks and ‘Frosty Paws’ is all he looks forward to..not too much of an agenda. :-)


19 posted on 07/27/2011 7:10:39 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Immerito
and the tea-party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor.

Sounds good to me.

20 posted on 07/27/2011 7:11:06 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Ellendra

She turned me into a newt!

I got better...


21 posted on 07/27/2011 7:11:19 PM PDT by FromTheSidelines ("everything that deceives, also enchants" - Plato)
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To: KarlInOhio

Isn’t it ROFLMAO funny when people try to make an analogy when they don’t know the facts. Saruman created monsters and destroyed the forests.

No wonder a recent poll said Americans believe the press lies and are unethical.


22 posted on 07/27/2011 7:11:21 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: Immerito

23 posted on 07/27/2011 7:11:36 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Brilliant!


24 posted on 07/27/2011 7:13:45 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: Immerito

>>> By the way, that “crack political thinking” of the Tea Party might have offered up a couple of clunker candidates, but it also produced a 63-seat swing in the House for Republicans

Taking credit for the entire election is indicative of what the WSJ is talking about. In non-presidential years the opposition normally picks up seats regardless. And in 2010 Obama made it an especially ripe year.

In some races like Pa and SC, the Tea Party unquestionably made the difference. In other races it’s not so clear.


25 posted on 07/27/2011 7:14:26 PM PDT by tlb
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To: Immerito

“You have grown, Halfling,” he said. “Yes, you have grown very much. You are wise, and cruel. You have robbed my revenge of sweetness, and now I must go..."

26 posted on 07/27/2011 7:19:53 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (For decades they've kicked the can down the road. Sorry, but there's no more road.)
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To: Marty62
"It would help if this guy had read “The Hobbit”."

Or The Lord of the Rings.

27 posted on 07/27/2011 7:24:52 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Immerito
But what none of these critics have is an alternative strategy for achieving anything nearly as fiscally or politically beneficial as Mr. Boehner’s plan

Show me an itemization of the spending for each department, and I'll get back to you.
28 posted on 07/27/2011 7:25:31 PM PDT by andyk (Interstate != Intrastate)
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To: Ellendra

same here.
...but after McCain’s comments,
i’d consider even hobbit to be a compliment.


29 posted on 07/27/2011 7:26:58 PM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: Immerito
Boehner is out to destroy the TEA Party by promoting bills that cut nothing now & make fairytale cuts in the next 10 years.

May I remind Boehner, McCain, McConnell, & Co. who elected these conservative Congressmen: It was people who wanted the spending party in WDC ended, now, not in 10 mythical years.

If the TEA party Congressmen agree to this obvious sham, they are dead meat at the polls in Nov. 2012, & lap dogs of Boehner until then.

30 posted on 07/27/2011 8:22:52 PM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Immerito

“The Hobbit” is the prelude to the “Lord of the Rings” FYI


31 posted on 07/27/2011 8:40:50 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: Immerito

Hobbits rule. They bring down Sauron.
I would consider the title “Tea Party Hobbit” a compliment, but once again - this is an elitist thing.
Elitists just don’t “get” the Hobbit thing.


32 posted on 07/27/2011 8:46:23 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Immerito

true. They left the Shire, but they never left Middle Earth (well - at the end of the trilogy they sail away with the elves, but I don’t think they’re talking about that part)


33 posted on 07/27/2011 8:49:03 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: Marty62

Yeah, I know. :-)


34 posted on 07/27/2011 9:04:52 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Pan_Yan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lLACHGh-ME

“One Does Not Simply Walk Into Mortor”


35 posted on 07/27/2011 9:06:46 PM PDT by Immerito (Reading Through the Bible in 90 Days)
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To: Marty62; Immerito

and the Silmarillion is set LONG before the Hobbit.
elves (the firstborn) came first.
(well, except for one dwarf...)

but whatever the subject, McCain doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and should resign in disgrace,
or officially change party.


36 posted on 07/27/2011 9:13:32 PM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: Elendur

(or 5 or 10. it’s been 30 years..)


37 posted on 07/27/2011 9:20:22 PM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: Ellendra

I’m not a hobbit, I’m an elf!

******************

Orc, me.


38 posted on 07/27/2011 9:28:04 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Excellent image!


39 posted on 07/27/2011 9:31:38 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: Elendur

but whatever the subject, McCain doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and should resign in disgrace,
or officially change party.

*********************

If McCain, or Romney or Graham or any combination of these quit the Republican Party and joined the Democrats, both parties would be improved. How cool is that?


40 posted on 07/27/2011 9:33:40 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: oyez

John Mccain, Barack Obama would make a Fine President and I will not do any negative campaigning against Obama.
thank You Very Much John Mccain


41 posted on 07/28/2011 4:08:19 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Immerito

Isnt it wonderful in these Crisis,you really find out who your true Friends are.
Who does the WSJ or any of the other so called Conservatives think started this whole campaign to take the Country back with the Town Halls,and Marches on Washington.
I guess the establishment thought this was a Nice little game,nothing serious ,The Tea Party is not serious,they are not important, Now we are Hobbits, Extremists, Homophobes,lumatics who want to destroy the Country etc.
Funny its not us who announced on the National Stage that we are going to Fundementally Transform the United States of America. You Know Change our Traditions,Change Our History.
Well I for one dont want to change those things I want to RETURN to them.


42 posted on 07/28/2011 4:16:54 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Immerito

I wonder if Juan McQeeg knows what happened when the Hobbits returned to the Shire?

LET THE SCOURING OF THE GOP BEGIN!!!!!!!!


43 posted on 07/28/2011 4:17:16 AM PDT by Little Ray (Best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: Elendur
Agreed. McLame is becoming embarrassing.
44 posted on 07/28/2011 5:16:34 AM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: Ellendra

Dang!

Just looked at your “about” page and darn if you ain’t right.

You are an elf!

Cute picture.


45 posted on 07/28/2011 7:52:45 AM PDT by Vendome (DonÂ’t take life so seriously, you wonÂ’t live through it anyway)
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To: Psalm 144

If McCain, or Romney or Graham or any combination of these quit the Republican Party and joined the Democrats, both parties would be improved. How cool is that?
///
brilliant observation !!!


46 posted on 07/28/2011 9:53:35 AM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: ballplayer

I want to RETURN to them.
///
agreed!!!
and just one of those things, is a government that doesn’t steal from it’s citizens, borrows ONLY for emergencies like wars, and pays it’s debt promptly:

“... but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars have occasioned, ...” - George Washington

“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes.” - Thomas Jefferson


47 posted on 07/28/2011 10:03:10 AM PDT by Elendur (the hope and change i need: Sarah / Colonel West in 2012)
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To: Nuc 1.1
I’ll be happy to return to Middle Earth just as soon as Mordor burns to the ground. (6’5” 300# knuckle dragging Hobbit)

Now Rachel Maddow can refer to us as "Tea Bagging Hobbits".

What libs don't realize is that such jibes put more steel in our spines.

48 posted on 07/28/2011 10:25:35 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: Night Hides Not
Now Rachel Maddow can refer to us as "Tea Bagging Hobbits". What libs don't realize is that such jibes put more steel in our spines.

I think the country is gittin ready to put some steel in their spines. Did you see the three stooges tonight, Reid, Durbin, and Schumer? They absolutely drip contempt for the American people.

49 posted on 07/29/2011 8:59:27 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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