If you weren’t sure our ruling class was a bunch of out of touch no-nothings, then the WSJ’s piece derisively calling Tea Partiers hobbits (echoed by John McCain), should be proof positive. Puh-leese! Everyone who’s actually read the books knows that the hobbits are the heroes of the tales.
Hairy feet aside, the hobbits were the only ones with enough strength of heart and spirit to defeat the fascist dark wizard, Sauron, by destroying the ring. The smarty pants wizard, Gandalf, (the intellectual) couldn’t handle the ring, neither could the elves (the beautiful, brilliant elite), and not even the Kings and warriors who had the ring in their grasp. They all either knew they’d be corrupted by power or just went ahead and became corrupted. I could probably go on a long-winded proof that the Lord of the Rings is really a story about how the wisdom of the average man is superior to top down rule by elites, but I like Tolkien too much to drag him into that argument.
So, hobbits to Tea Partiers is actually a really good analogy. These “sophisticated” “intellects” are apparently just too dumb to understand why.