Sen. John McCain blasted stupid tea party hobbits today in a scathing speech on the senate floor. The former GOP presidential nominee added, “This is the same kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP nominees.”
Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) leveled a middle-earth ‘sting’ to GOP lawmakers who do not back Rep. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) debt ceiling proposal by referencing the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ trilogy from a WSJ editorial.
CNN reported on McCain’s speech.
He said he fully supports a balanced budget amendment. But he thundered that current political realities make passing one in the near future near impossible.
“What is really amazing is that some (Senate) members are believing that we can pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution in this body with its present representation – and that is foolish,” McCain said.
“That is worse than foolish,” he continued. “That is deceiving many of our constituents.”
“To hold out and say we won’t agree to raising the debt limit until we pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, it’s unfair, it’s bizarre,” McCain added. “And maybe some people who have only been in this body for six or seven months or so really believe that. Others know better.”
McCain did not mention which senators he was referring to. But also on Wednesday, Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Mike Lee of Utah and Rand Paul of Kentucky, tea party boosters, joined many tea party activists who rallied on Capitol Hill demanding passage of the “Cut, Cap and Balance” plan. Among other things, that proposal would cut total spending by $111 billion for fiscal year 2012 and require a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution that would cap total annual spending at 18 percent.
McCain talked about Boehner’s plan and quoted the Wall St. Journal piece, which said: “The question now is whether House Republicans are going to help Mr. Boehner achieve significant progress, or in the name of the unachievable, hand Mr. Obama a victory.”