Atrios pointed to this great Think Progress catch of Rick Santorum lunacy:
Would Gandalf stay the course?
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) explains the Iraq war by citing Lord of the Rings: “As the hobbits are going up Mount Doom, the Eye of Mordor is being drawn somewhere else,” Santorum told a newspaper editorial board. “It’s being drawn to Iraq and it’s not being drawn to the U.S. You know what? I want to keep it on Iraq. I don’t want the Eye to come back here to the United States.”
(My favorite comment from the Think Progress thread on this- "Wait, Howard Dean says Yeaaarrrghh! and the guy is nuts, but Santorum gets to explain the situation in Iraq using a fantasy story featuring wizards, elves and dwarfs?")
I'm sure Sanatorum is referring to al-qaeda but if we REALLY want to start looking for current analogies to Sauron I think we can look a little closer to home. Who is really the all-seeing, evil entity that resides in the East? Who uses a "Terrorist Survelliance System" to spy on us all? Who has an acerbic aversion to the innocent nature-lovers among us?
Then there's this...