Zealot is so funny. In another sense, though, it makes his main point about Jesus in one word. Jesus was radical and very human.
That's interesting, as I find Jesus to be a bit mundane, pedantic, or even milktoast; he strikes me as the perennial outsider who didn't align himself with any sectarian group, and wasn't even invited; he was locked out of the game, since he wasn't a follower, but wanted to call the shots and be a big fish in his small group of fishermen. He seemed frustrated as a result of being a talented guy with a brilliant mind, but just didn't have the social connections to influence Pharisaic policy while alive. His most notable success came only after his death, due to his seeming failure. Massive amounts of rationalization and excuses for failure are not exactly new things to Jews, even not to a splinter group that eventually turned into Christianity.
The reviewer who wrote the HuffPo article (a NT scholar) agrees that labelling Jesus as a zealot is a bit much (i.e. he was not preaching violent overthrow). Bar Kokhba was more of a man of action who came closest to becoming a successful Jewish Messiah, but that didn't exactly end well for Bar Kokhba, the Jews, or Rabbi Akiva (the rabbi who famously endorsed Bar Kokhba, only to be martyred by the Romans after Bar Kokhba was killed, and the revolt was squashed).
Wikipedia has a list of failed Jewish Messiah claimaints, both before and after Jesus:
Their motto of "Fair and Balanced" is insulting to viewers intelligent enough to see the blatant and regular spin they put on news.
Allow me to reword that, as it applies to JWs:
Their motto of "Truth That Leads to Eternal Life" is insulting to readers intelligent enough to see the blatant and regular spin they put in their publications.
To which mP responded:
If you know FOX is a waste of time why keep them alive by watching them ?
Which can similarly be translated into JW terms:
If you know going to KH is a waste of time why keep them alive by supporting them ?
They've virtually interchangable! Both groups are examples of the same phenom (just different flavors), since both groups are comprised of die-hard adherents to a particular ideology and are locked into a bubble of their own choosing.