'Tea Party Hobbits' Speech Made John McCain Sane Again

john mccainSenator John McCain (R-AZ) used to be a pretty moderate Republican pre-presidential bid in 2008. He was the kind of right-wing politician who worked with Democrats and Independents to get things done in D.C. I had a good amount of respect for the guy. That was, of course, until he threw all of his accomplishments out the window when he chose Miss Clueless -- I mean, Sarah Palin -- as his running mate. I'd renounced the guy for good ... until today. Today, the Maverick may have returned, because yesterday in a speech on the floor of the Senate, he was making a lot of sense in comments ridiculing both Democrats and Republicans on their handling of the debt ceiling nightmare.

Reading from a Wall Street Journal editorial during his speech, he said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan was "full of smoke and mirrors." Okay. But then he did a quick 180 and bashed his own party ... and the Tea Party faction of the GOP.


He continued:

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 ... 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.

Amazing! The guy obviously has the cojones to stand up to the Tea Party, which we can now plainly see has hijacked the Republican party and is holding it hostage, making "all or nothing" demands that circumvent logic and putting the country's economy at risk to get what they want. Logic shmogic! It went out the window when "crack political thinking" turned people like Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell into GOP Senate nominees, McCain says. He is so on point. 

He also went on to note how this cockamamie, extreme behavior from the right will only serve to backfire, "undermining their House majority" and "go far to reelecting Mr. Obama." These two threats actually sound a lot like what I'd LOVE to see go down, so on a second thought, if he's right -- maybe I'm all about the GOP's hobbit-controlled insanity! In fact, maybe they should run Christine O'Donnell for President! Ha!

Of course, the Tea Party isn't thrilled with McCain's outburst. They're chalking it up to the Maverick being "corrupted by the ring of power." Wow, if that isn't Tolkien language that only serves to validate everything McCain said, I don't know what is.

What do you think about what McCain said about the Tea Party?


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