"In the old days," the Old One mumbled, "we would have come with fire and storm. We would have marched down strange streets with weapons on our hips and defiance in our eyes. Or if they came first we would have met them strength and defiance. But not you...machine half-breeds...laboratory supermen...adjusted...reconstructed...
"The Die-Hard" by Alfred Bester, 1958. Now in the public domain and available here.
This doesn't remind me of anyone involved in the Hugos controversy at all. Nope.