Insults usually reveal more about the people who produce them than anything else. Such was the case several days ago when the Wall Street Journal insulted the Tea Party movement in an editorial.

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. (from here)

Curiously, the editors at Wall Street Journal neglected to mention the much more numerous candidates promoted by the Tea Party that did win.

A couple of days later, Senator John McCain picked up on the Wall Street Journal article.

The Arizona senator and former GOP presidential nominee singled out both Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell, Tea Party-backed candidates who ran last year for Senate in Nevada and Delaware respectively.

Reading from a Wall Street Journal editorial that mocked Tea Party supporters as “hobbits” and criticized Tea Party-backed lawmakers for holding out on a debt-ceiling increase, McCain said: “This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees.” (from here)

Perhaps the editors at the Wall Street Journal and McCain have never read The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. Perhaps they don’t understand the Tea Party movement and the determination of Tea Partiers to protect their country. What ever is the case, I think they will be surprised to find most Americans don’t mind being called a hobbit.

In his writings, Tolkien depicted Hobbits as fond of an unadventurous bucolic life of farming, eating, and socializing, although capable of defending their homes courageously if the need arises. They would enjoy six meals a day, if they can get them. They were often described as enjoying simple food—such as cake, bread, meat, potatoes, tea, a mostly to their love of gardening and herb-lore. They claim to have invented the art of smoking pipe-weed, and according to The Hobbit and The Return of The King it can be found all over Middle-earth. (from here)

Except for smoking, which when Tolkien wrote his book was not regarded as a health concern, what is not to like about being a hobbit? Americans don’t like gardening, eating, and socializing? If the need arises, Americans won’t fight?

If the WSJ’s editors and McCain had read The Lord Of The Rings, they would know why Frodo and Sam entered the land of Mordor. These brave hobbits did not seek the battle or conquest. They sought to destroy the one ring and to save their people.

Are hobbits the creatures of fantasy? Of course, but government spending has become nightmarish. Tea Partiers do not seek battle; we raise our voices because we must. To save our republic, Americans must unite to cut spending and restore respect for constitutional government.

Other Views

An editorial in the Washington Times, TRR: Tea Party Hobbits versus Gollum McCain, includes the following line.

Well, as Kentucky Senator Rand Paul tweeted, “I’d rather be a Hobbit than a troll.”

In its post, Tea Party Hobbits? If only!, a blog at the Washington Post desperately wishes WSJ’s editiors has said something different.

Tea Party Hobbits. The phrase has stuck. Sharron Angle has released a statement insisting that this is a great compliment, because “As in the fable, it is the hobbits who are the heroes and save the land.”

But it was never an insult.

It’s not as though he called them “nasty, filthy, tricksy Hobbits” or Tea Party Ringwraiths. Or Tea Party Orcs.

If only the comparison were more apt.


  1. I never did read them Hobbit books, but McCain can’t walk back his intent to insult the likes of me, regardless of how unskilled the insult may be. I can’t believe Ariz gave that doof another 6 years.



    1. The books were really great. Your boys will enjoy reading all three of them. Even as an adult, one can enjoy reading the Hobbit trilogy. I’ve actually read them twice.

      Mike G.


      1. Four books. The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Anyone who has ever read them would instantly know that the metaphor is not apt from either perspective. A silly diversion within a not-so-silly issue.


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