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Republicans of Rohan

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 8:21 pm - October 31, 2005.
Filed under: National Politics,Supreme Court

At the battle of Helm’s Deep in The Lord of the Rings, the Riders of Rohan, led by their King Théoden who, only days before, seemed incapacitated and unable to control his kingdom, are besieged and outnumbered by the forces of Saruman, orcs, half-orcs and wild men of Dunland. As these forces breach the fortress’s outer wall, it seems only a matter of time before they will break through the final gate, defeating Théoden and destroying his kingdom.

But, in his darkest hour, the good king fretted in what he called a “prison,” longing to feel again “the joy of battle.” Even as he fears the end, he will not be taken “like an old badger in a trap” so, instead of hunkering down, the besieged (and seemingly defeated) leader elects to go on the offensive.*

The great horn of Helm rings out and Théoden leads his loyal troops, riding out to take on their relentless foes. His troops rally behind him while their adversaries “cried and wailed, for fear and great wonder had come upon them with the rising of the day.”

So too has President Bush rallied his base with the nomination early this morning of Samuel J. Alito, Jr. as Associate Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. I just spent a couple hours reading conservative blogs and news sites and discovered a unanimity of support for this good judge among writers who were only recently divided over the nomination of Harriet Miers. William Kristol, one of the harshest critics of the Miers pick, wrote this morning that the president hit “a home run” in tapping Alito for the vacancy.

While our adversaries have not yet fled in fear as did Saruman’s armies, they have already begun to tremble, wailing at this allegedly “extremist” pick. The president’s opponents will fight, but because the president made a bold move in appointing a conservative jurist, he has put himself back on the offensive. The left is playing defense now. If the president wants to ensure Judge Alito’s confirmation, to continue the progress in Iraq and to accomplish his domestic policy goals, he needs to keep them there.

Just last week, conservatives, like the besieged Riders of Rohan in Helm’s Deep, feared all was lost. We were gnashing our teeth while our adversaries were rejoicing, delighting in the president’s misfortunate, the past two months of much bad news and many missteps. They antcipated an implosion at the White House. What they couldn’t achieve at the ballot box, they thought they would soon achieve with indictments and conservative infighting. But, today, Fred Barnes observes that with the White House spared of multiple indictments of top aides, “Bush may have experienced the darkness before the dawn last week.

Indeed, Michael Barone thinks the president may already be beginning to turn things around. His “current low standing in the polls,” still much higher than a number of his predecessors, is already on the rebound. Since Ms. Miers withdrew, his approval among Republicans jumped from 71% to 78%.

With the nomination of Alito, conservatives, like the Riders of Rohan, under the bold leadership of their good king, have been reenergized, remembering the joy of the battle of ideas. As Bruce put it in his post on the president’s pick, “the battle is on.” We conservatives are glad to be back in the game, ready and raring to fight for the principles we hold dear.

Forth Reaganingas!

-Dan (AKA GayPatriotWest):

*This differs from the film version of the battle where Aragorn spurs Théoden on. In the book, Théoden takes the initiative.



  1. Elen síla lúmenn’ omentielvo!

    Comment by Calarato — October 31, 2005 @ 8:26 pm - October 31, 2005

  2. So, in your warped fantasy, that would make the Elven…moderate Republicans?

    How about Bush as King Arthur and Rove as Merlin?

    How about Bush as Sleeping Beauty, Clinton as the evil Queen, the usual suspects as Seven Dwarves with Alito as Prince Charming.

    Comment by chandler in hollywood — October 31, 2005 @ 10:39 pm - October 31, 2005

  3. No no no no no.

    Aragorn = Bush
    Gandalf = composite of Ashcroft, Bush 41 and Cheney
    Rohan & Gondor = U.S. and Britain
    Elrond = Wolfowitz
    Saruman = bin Laden, who attacked us
    Sauron = Saddam, who “never” (hah hah) attacked us and is only connected to Saruman in Aragorn & Gandalf’s world of “lies”
    Orcs = The peace-loving, kite-flying children of Iraq, whom we slaughter for pure bloodlust

    For full explanation and unmasking of the Gandalf-Aragorn conspiracy, see here:

    Comment by Calarato — October 31, 2005 @ 11:01 pm - October 31, 2005

  4. Chandler, which Clinton as the evil queen?

    Comment by GayPatriotWest — October 31, 2005 @ 11:07 pm - October 31, 2005

  5. I hear that Karl Rove has unusually large and hairy feet. You could add him into the cast as a hobbit. And James Carville as the Gollum!

    Comment by JT — October 31, 2005 @ 11:19 pm - October 31, 2005

  6. #4
    Bill, not HR Clinton.

    Comment by chandler in hollywood — November 1, 2005 @ 12:16 am - November 1, 2005

  7. Very clever, Dan. Very clever. I applaud you.

    But I must part company with you on Judge Alito. (I’m not surprised an elitist snob like Bill Kristol is happy. I’m sure George Will is too.) If he’s anything like Scalia he’s just another Bork-lite. And I’m convinced the Bork-lite crowd is so originalist they think the Bill of Rights was an abomination.

    Comment by Jack Allen — November 1, 2005 @ 12:55 am - November 1, 2005

  8. Count me in! I don’t know anything about this LOTR bullshit but I’m all for rallying behind the Prez. Nobody kicks ass like my man W.

    Comment by Dem 4 Bush — November 1, 2005 @ 12:56 am - November 1, 2005

  9. You’ve got to be kidding me…

    Comment by gaycowboybob — November 1, 2005 @ 2:30 am - November 1, 2005

  10. No question GWB kicks shit; he’s had diarrhea, and the whole ediface of his administration is mired in crap.

    Alito is still an unknown quantity. We only know he would overturn Roe and believed it legal to fire and evict AIDS victims. All we’ve been told is if one likes Scalia, one should do fine with Alito. That would be enough for me to reject him.

    However, if he is a non-ideological conservative constutionalist in the mold of John Roberts with a more enlightened understanding of the world, he’d make a suitable (though not a first) choice.

    Comment by D.S.H. — November 1, 2005 @ 9:14 am - November 1, 2005

  11. The best quote I’ve seen regarding the Alito nomination.

    Comment by JAF — November 1, 2005 @ 3:02 pm - November 1, 2005

  12. #10 “No question GWB kicks shit; he’s had diarrhea, and the whole ediface of his administration is mired in crap.”

    Wow, what brillilant commentary! But does your mommy know you’re using her computer? If not, you’re a very naughty 6 year old.

    Comment by Dem 4 Bush — November 1, 2005 @ 3:28 pm - November 1, 2005

  13. The only thing I regretted from that movie is that the elephants were for the bad guys. How great would it have been to have the elephants on the side of the good guys; it would make for a great political ad.

    Comment by Aaron of LifelikePundits — November 1, 2005 @ 7:20 pm - November 1, 2005

  14. Hey, Aaron, you referencing Return of the King and they weren’t elephants, but mûmakil (okay, okay, I’m revealing that I’m a Tolkien geek here).


    Comment by GayPatriotWest — November 1, 2005 @ 10:34 pm - November 1, 2005

  15. As a 100% Tolkien fan, and as an Alito nomination supporter, I really enjoyed your post. A lot! ^_^

    Calarto, you forgot to include Jacques Chirac as Grima Wormtongue. I am remindied of him & his oily former Foreign Minister every time I pop the DVD in the player. ^_^

    Comment by exdem31 — November 2, 2005 @ 3:59 pm - November 2, 2005

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