There was so much crazy stuff going on atop Capitol Hill today, it was hard to choose. My pick is Senator John McCain (R-AZ) comparing the Tea-GOP to adventurous Hobbits who ought to have stayed home in The Shire (Senator Mike Lee isn’t that short is he?).
Of course, the geographically-challenged McCain (in the past, he has mixed up Somalia and Sudan, talked about the “Iraq/Pakistan border,” and referred to Czechoslovakia, which hasn’t been on the map since 1993) said that Hobbits hoped to defeat Mordor and “return to Middle Earth.” The entire Lord of the Rings story takes place in Middle Earth. Hobbits live in The Shire.
On “The Ed Show” tonight, Liz Winstead pointed out that the Tea-GOP are more like Orcs than Hobbits.
So which Lord of the Rings character is John McCain? I vote for Saruman, the white wizard who flip-flopped from good to evil.
UPDATE: Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, responds to McCain: “Clearly he’s been corrupted by the ring of power.”
UPDATE: Another contender for craziest politician quote from Wednesday is Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): GOP lawmaker advises poor to ‘drop out of the country club’. Rep. Broun has sponsored a bill to lower the limit on our National Debt.