What McCain had to say about the “hobbits” who are precipitating this crisis

You may have heard about John McCain’s speech excoriating the likes of the South Carolina delegation, and the Tea Party in general. Here’s the full text. Here’s an excerpt:

I will take a backseat to none in my support of the balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. I have voted for it 13 times. I will vote for it tomorrow. What is amazing about this is, some Members are believing we can pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution in this body with its present representation, and that is foolish. That is worse than foolish. That is deceiving many of our constituents by telling them that just because the majority leader tabled the balanced budget amendment legislation that, through amending and debate, we could somehow convince the majority on the other side of the aisle to go along with a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. That is not fair. That is not fair to the American people to hold out and say we will not agree to raising the debt limit until we pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. It is unfair. It is bizarro. Maybe some people who have only been in this body for 6 or 7 months or so believe that. Others know better. Others know better.

I especially like the way he ended it:

It is time we listened to the markets. It is time we listened to our constituents. Most of all, it is time we listened to the American people and sit down and seriously negotiate something before we face a situation where we are depriving the American people of the fundamental right of having a government that doesn’t deprive them of the essential services, goods, and entitlements which they have earned.

Oh, and in case you wondered where the “hobbits” part come in. That was from when McCain was quoting from this piece in the WSJ. An excerpt from that:

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.

13 thoughts on “What McCain had to say about the “hobbits” who are precipitating this crisis

  1. Herb Brasher

    Except I don’t remember the Shire ever being this hot.

    And according to some of these people, it seems that Obama is a Marxist, and he is going to declare martial law and suspend the constitution–so that we don’t have an economic collapse.

    Anyway, perhaps Boehner will find a way to betray us all, play the part of Saruman and bring his orcs into line with those of Mordor.

  2. Herb Brasher

    Actually in this scenario, Grover Norquist is probably Gandalf.

    Better find those hobbits before they not only drown government in a bathtub, but throw government power in the fires of hell, and plunge us all into chaos.

  3. Herb Brasher

    Yeah, Karen makes more sense. I’m not sure what scenario I was trying to set up, except that something bad has happened to the hobbits.

    Must be the heat.

  4. bud

    The press is not having it’s finest hour in this ongoing artificial “crisis” over raising the debt ceiling. They’ve essentially adopted the Tea Party label for this manufactured problem in order to give both sides equal culpability in the ordeal. Everywhere I look it’s referred to as the “Debt Crisis”. It is no such thing. What is going on in Greece is a bonafide Debt Crisis.

    What we have here is a bunch of whiny cry babies who are completely wrong about the solutions to this nation’s problems holding 307,000,000 hostage to their misguided, phony agenda. Yet the media, serving as an enabler, refers to this as a “debt crisis”. Shame on them for adopting the Tea Party label. The press has become part of the problem rather than a watch dog organization to sort through facts and get to the heart of the problem.

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