Greywolfe359, at Daily Kos, explains the necessity of uniting behind the only possible leader (even though that leader, too, might be evil) in order to avoid the rise to power of a leader we know to be evil. He obviously was addressing lefties supporting Hillary in order to stop Trump, but it works pretty nicely the other way, too, doesn’t it?
Gandalf failed. He got his ass locked up atop Sarumanâ€™s tower when he foolishly defied the head of the… council of wizards. And now that heâ€™s locked up itâ€™s not like some eagle is going to magically appear and rescue him. Itâ€™s over. And now Saruman is our only hope against Sauron.
We need to stop saying nasty things about Saruman or it will be difficult to rally the people of Middle Earth to his side. Here are some things we should no longer mention, or if we do, we should put a positive spin on them so people will still see Saruman is our only hope.
Sarumanâ€™s Environmental Record: While it is true that Saruman has supported clear cutting huge ancient forests, and while an old hippie tree hugger like Treebeard might tell you lots of those trees were his friends, we ARE talking about trees here. And sure, Gandalf has a much better record on the environment but heâ€™s done now. Itâ€™s time to focus on how much worse Sauronâ€™s environmental record is. I mean, have you seen Mordor?
Sarumanâ€™s Being in League With the Dark Lord: Okay, okay. Itâ€™s true. Saruman did [invite Sauron to his] wedding. But that was a LONG time ago when Sauron still had both eyes. And fake hair. Itâ€™s also true that Saruman may have promised to do the dark lordâ€™s bidding and to find the ring of power and give it to Sauron. But câ€™mon! You know Saruman was just doing that because he plans to ultimately betray Sauron after heâ€™s done betraying us!
Saruman Actively Seeks Out the Ring of Power, and the Ring of Power Has Only One Master and Is Evil. Gandalf says that is evidence you have to refuse to have anything at all to do with the Super PrACious at all. His biggest criticism of Saruman is that Saruman plans to try and use the ring. But thatâ€™s just an artful smear on Gandalfâ€™s part, implying that Saruman doesnâ€™t have the integrity to be totally uninfluenced by the speaking fees one ring once he accepts it!
Saruman Has Instigated Pre-Emptive War That Has Killed Thousands: Look, he only did that to prove his loyalty and toughness to Sauron so he could get some of that sweet, sweet ring of power. You know, the power we can totally trust him to use AGAINST Sauron later. Sometimes you have to burn a few villages in Rohan to save the world. Besides, it was all a misunderstanding. Saruman glimpsed in the palantir and thought he saw a spear of mass destruction being constructed at Helmâ€™s Deep. Cause you can totally trust what Sauron chooses to show you in the palantir.
So now you all have your talking points. Letâ€™s get out there and whip up support for Saruman! Saruman is the wisest and most powerful of the wizards and has the most experience! Saruman will not be influenced at all by the Super PrACious ring of power and will instead use its might to betray the one who made it. He totally is going to betray Sauron and not us.
Read the whole thing.