Timothy Garton Ash, writing in The Guardian, has picked it:
Crucially, it was House Republicans who defied their president’s appeal. For some, the choice was ideological. They would rather die than vote for an expansion of government’s economic role which they regard as tantamount to socialism. No, Bolshevism. Listen to Representative Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan, chair of the House Republican policy committee and co-sponsor earlier this year of a resolution urging the president to make 2008 “The National Year of the Bible”, as documented in the Congressional record of Monday’s debate: “The choice is stark, and it was put forward in the book by Dostoevsky. In The Brothers Karamazov, the grand inquisitor came to Jesus and he said: ‘If you wish to subject the people, give them miracle, mystery and authority; but above all, give them bread.’
“It has always been the temptation in a crisis especially to sacrifice liberty for short-term promises of prosperity, and it was no mistake that during the 1917 Bolshevik revolution the slogan was Peace, Land and Bread. Today you are being asked to choose between bread and freedom. I suggest that the people on Main Street have said that they prefer their freedom, and I am with them.”
Main Street Jesus against the Dostoevskyan Bolshevik bail-out. Who was it said American reality trumps its own fiction?