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Taking Cheap Shots at the Tea Party

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John McCain, letting his “maverick” out, in response to Tea Partiers who believe that the Democrats and Obama would get the full blame for a default:

By that flawed logic, “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,” he said, quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial.

“This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into G.O.P. nominees,” he jeered, referring to two losing Tea Party candidates for the Senate in 2010.

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  • efgoldman

    Why is that a cheap shot?
    I mean, not counting the fact that POW-in-chief has been part of the most obstructionist senate minority in history. Other than that.

    • rea

      Why is that a cheap shot?

      Because hobbits would never do anything like force a default on the national debt!

      • Malaclypse

        The Sackville-Bagginses might. Lobelia could be ruthless.

      • Davis X. Machina

        When you think about the idea of a mathom, though, you start to think “Hey,they invented the MBS- CDS two-step.”

  • Yea, where the fuck was he when those two loons were running, huh?

  • Malaclypse

    “This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell Sarah Palin into [a] G.O.P. nominees.”

    • *golf clap*

      NIcely played, sir…

      Martini?

      • Malaclypse

        On a hot summer afternoon, I prefer the cool refreshment of a gin and tonic.

        • Lee

          A very good choice.

    • Njorl

      I second actor121’s motion.

    • DrDick

      Thirded!

      Very well done, sir, with style and grace.

    • Some part of John McCain thought long and hard before he took a few minutes to name Sarah Palin his running mate in 2008

      • Matt

        I don’t wanna even IMAGINE what part of Sen. McCrashup was “long and hard” when thinking about Caribou Barbie.

  • Anderson

    The jeering, too, is quoted from the WSJ.

    The one time McCain says something both true and amusing, it’s a quotation.

    (Now I have to think how scary it is that the WSJ op-ed page said something both true and amusing.)

    The Tea Partiers, of course, bear more of a resemblance to Saruman’s orcs squabbling with Sauron’s orcs than they do to hobbits.

    • Tom Allen

      Now that you mention it, WSJ owner Rupert Murdoch bears more than a passing resemblance to Gollum.

      • c u n d gulag

        I think he’s his wrinkled, and even more evil villain twin brother – Scrotum.

        • Gollum and Scrotum Ballsac

          • Tasty Pie

            Gollum and Scrotum Teabag Ballsac

  • Gern Blanston

    So says the dude who picked Sarah Palin as his running mate after a rigorous Google search.

    • Caesaigh

      If by “rigorous” you meant “dropped his Viagra bottle on the keyboard”, well, then, yes.

      • Gern Blanston

        That (or the functional equivalent thereof) was what I was getting at, yes.

  • Ed

    Speaking of cheap shots, during Palin’s brief time in office she was not an extremist and in some matters she’s to the left of Mike Huckabee.

    McCain remembers well the government shutdown debacle for the Republicans in the Clinton years, I’m sure.

    • Anonymous

      On some matters the executioners seen in Henry VIII movies are to the left of Mike Huckabee.

    • Malaclypse

      McCain remembers well the government shutdown debacle for the Republicans in the Clinton years Teapot Dome scandal, I’m sure.

  • Njorl

    I’m curious as to what happens if insanity prevails. By law, the President must spend the money as directed by Congress, and must also refrain from spending money as directed by Congress. It seems to me that this budgetary netherworld gives him complete discretion as to which budget items get money and which do not.

    I certainly hope that Obama has considered ruthlessly base political calculus as to how the money gets prioritized. The power of the president can be very dangerous in this kind of legal vacuum. He should be reminding the Republicans of that.

    • efgoldman

      I don’t know why this has never occurred to me before, but based on what you say….
      “Raising the debt ceiling” (amending a section of one law) is NOT the same as “Spending the money Congress has appropriated.”
      He doesn’t even have to go 14th Amendment on their asses, he just has to announce which law he’s following.
      This is so obvious, even Great Orange Satan (or at least his staffers) ought to have seen it by now, right?

      • Malaclypse

        He doesn’t even have to go 14th Amendment on their asses, he just has to announce which law he’s following.

        The Brad DeLong/CR option.

        • Incontinentia Buttocks

          As DeLong correctly notes:

          An administration that can find lawyers to say that Libya is not “hostilities” and that wanted to reassure markets and reduce economic uncertainty by solving the debt ceiling kabuki theatre debate would have no problem at all with finding lawyers to advance and justify this well-grounded and wise legal interpretation.

          Which makes one suspect that the Administration doesn’t want an easy way out of this. What they want is a Grand Bargain.

          As digby noted yesterday, we’re all disaster capitalists now.

          • Bart

            AKA Shock Doctrine.

            • Are we still pretending the mean, terrible Obama is scheming to destroy the New Deal?

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