Happy Anniversary, Tea-Party Hobbits

July 27 marks the one-year anniversary of the Wall Street Journal editorial that gave birth to the term "tea-party Hobbits."  On that day, the Journal opined: 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. Later that same day, John McCain took to the Senate floor and criticized those in Congress...(Read Full Post)