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Oxford_Comma_Lover writes "Senator McCain decried Tea Party 'Hobbits' on Wednesday for their failure to support the GOP's debt deal, at times reading from a WSJ editorial that began the analogy. The Tea Party fired back, with a prominent member noting on CNN that McCain had been corrupted by the ring of power. The full text of his floor remarks should be in the Congressional Record later today."
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McCain Decries "Hobbits," Accused of Ringbearing

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  • by MontyApollo (849862) on Thursday July 28, 2011 @11:21AM (#36908706)

    It was a sarcastic remark - he was quoting the Wall Street Journal who was saying that the Tea Party rather simplistically see themselves as being heroic good little hobbits out to vanquish the obviously evil Mordor without regard to reality. Basically, the Wall Street Journal was saying the Tea Party worldview was rather fucked up, and McCain was emphasizing this.

  • by Opportunist (166417) on Thursday July 28, 2011 @11:29AM (#36908846)

    The problem is, it seems when picking their leader they rather went with Saruman and Sauron rather than Gandalf.

  • by MontyApollo (849862) on Thursday July 28, 2011 @11:33AM (#36908898)

    I think claim is that while the Tea Party see themselves as hobbits, the reality of modern politics and finance does not lend itself to fairy tale endings no matter how much the "hobbits" believe their righteous cause and unwillingness to compromise will prove themselves reluctant heroes. The Wall Street Journal was in fact claiming that they were clueless to reality and will greatly harm the Tea Party and Republican cause.

  • Re:Compromise? (Score:4, Informative)

    by nomadic (141991) <(moc.liamg) (ta) (dlrowcidamon)> on Thursday July 28, 2011 @12:27PM (#36909712) Homepage
    That's completely incorrect. The Democrats have been willing to compromise; Obama's facing a backlash among his own party for being too willing to compromise. If you've been following the news you know where the Democrats started and where they are now and can see what they've compromised on. The Republicans still refuse to compromise at all on taxes. The trick to a healthy government is for the population to pay attention to what they do, don't just wave your hands vaguely in the air and say both parties are equally culpable.
  • Re:Compromise? (Score:3, Informative)

    by zzsmirkzz (974536) on Thursday July 28, 2011 @01:05PM (#36910254)

    The Democrats have been willing to compromise;

    Really? When? In fact, the Democrats haven't even proposed a single bill to correct this situation in either house. They just sit there and vote "No" to all options being presented without presenting one of their own. They are, in effect, refusing to cut spending, period. They want to raise the debt ceiling and taxes and not make any real cuts in spending. True to form - Tax-and-Spend-Democrats bankrupting this country, one election at a time.

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