Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has definitely been getting his grumpy old man on over the past two days, but not toward his typical targets of Obama and the Democrats. His rage is focused directly at the tea partiers in the House and Senate who are hellbent on letting America default because they want a constitutional convention to pass a balanced budget amendment.
McCain, his party’s presidential nominee in 2008, took to the Senate floor a day earlier, blasting tea-party lawmakers for opposing House Speaker John Boehner’s plan to raise the debt ceiling because it doesn’t require passage of a balanced budget amendment.
The five-term senator is a strong supporter of such an amendment but he dismissed their stance as “foolish,” “deceiving” and “bizarro,” saying it is unrealistic the proposed amendment could win the 67 votes needed to clear the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Quoting from a Wall Street Journal editorial, McCain said “tea-party hobbits” were mistaken to think that if Republicans refuse to raise the debt ceiling and the government defaults on its loans, President Barack Obama would get the blame.
“This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned [tea-party heroes] Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell into GOP Senate nominees,” McCain said, citing the editorial.
That didn’t sit well with Rand Paul.
“I’d rather be a hobbit than a troll,” freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on a conference call when asked by POLITICO about McCain’s remarks. “I think in reading the books, the hobbits were the heroes. They overcame great obstacles, and I think I’d rather be a hobbit than a troll.”
You know, Rand, Gollum was also a hobbit.
Balanced Budget Amendment, my precious!