Thursday, October 19, 2006


In a desperate gambit to corral the fantasy-geek vote, Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., made a comparison of the war on terror with the legendary battle for Middle Earth. Here’s what The Intelligencer in Pennsylvania reported:

Embattled U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said America has avoided a second terrorist attack for five years because the “Eye of Mordor” has been drawn to Iraq instead.

Santorum used the analogy from one of his favorite books, J.R.R. Tolkien's 1950s fantasy classic “Lord of the Rings,” to put an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq into terms any school kid could easily understand.

“As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum said, describing the tool the evil Lord Sauron used in search of the magical ring that would consolidate his power over Middle-earth.

“It's being drawn to Iraq and it's not being drawn to the U.S.,” Santorum continued. “You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don't want the Eye to come back here to the United States.”

The Mailbox has seen Peter Jackson’s movies (extended editions, because that’s how the Mailbox rolls) and read J.R.R. Tolkien’s books (but skipped over the bad poetry). And the Mailbox has NO FREAKING IDEA what Santorum means. A spokesperson for Santorum’s opponent, Democrat Bob Casey Jr., said what we all are probably thinking:

“You have to really question the judgment of a U.S. senator who compares the war in Iraq to a fantasy book,” said Casey spokesman Larry Smar. “This is just like when he said Kim Jong II isn't a threat because he just wants to "watch NBA basketball.' ”

The Mailbox knows that Santorum (link NSFW and pretty gross) has a long history of speaking out against homosexuals and denying them basic human rights. Doesn’t he know that Frodo and Sam are gay? (Link NSFW)

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