Tea-party hobbits? Hardly, say indignant Tolkien scholars

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August 7, 2011
Christian Science Monitor    
Posted in PND News

"During last week's fraught debt-ceiling debate, Senator McCain on the Senate floor chided the tea party leadership for making unrealistic demands in their politics and thinking that 'Democrats would [then] have no choice but to pass a balanced budget amendment... and the tea-party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor.' ... But Tolkien scholars –- those who presumably know hobbits best –- aren’t having any of it. Typical hobbits are far too content and far less sure of themselves than the typical tea-party politician, they say." [editor's note: Hobbits are also the least likely critters to go to war, which was the supreme irony in Tolkien's tales - SAT] (08/05/11)


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