Former Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle blasted Sen. John McCainJohn McCainMcCain returning to Senate in time for health vote Senate Dems launch talkathon ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote Overnight Healthcare: Trump pressures GOP ahead of vote | McConnell urges Senate to start debate | Cornyn floats conference on House, Senate bills | Thune sees progress on Medicaid MORE (R-Ariz.) for criticizing the Tea Party movement, mocking him as the "Lord of the TARP" for his support of the financial bailout. 

Angle was reacting to McCain's own sharp comments from the Senate floor. On Wednesday, McCain called senators pushing for a balanced-budget amendment as part of a deal to raise the debt ceiling "foolish" and "bizarro."

He also slammed Angle by reading a Wall Street Journal editorial describing Tea Partiers as "hobbits." The editorial said that refusing to back House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerSudan sanctions spur intense lobbying OPINION | GOP's 7-year ObamaCare blood oath ends in failure A simple fix to encourage bipartisanship in the House MORE (R-Ohio) was "the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell into GOP Senate nominees."

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Angle's retort: "Ironically, this man campaigned for Tea Party support in his last reelection, but now throws Christine O’Donnell and I into the harbor with Sarah Palin. As in the fable, it is the hobbits who are the heroes and save the land. This Lord of the TARP actually ought to read to the end of the story and join forces with the Tea Party, not criticize it."
O'Donnell was the GOP Senate candidate in Delaware last year and was easily defeated. Some Republicans argue O'Donnell and Angle were weak candidates and that Republicans might have won those seats with different nominees. 

Angle noted that McCain campaigned for her in 2010, and that he chose Palin to be his vice presidential candidate in 2008.

"One man in Washington, who chose Sarah Palin to be his VP running mate and came to Nevada to campaign for me [emphasis hers] last year in the Senate race against Harry ReidHarry ReidConservative Senate candidate calls on GOP to end filibuster Ex-Reid aide: McConnell's 'original sin' was casting ObamaCare as 'partisan, socialist takeover' GOP faces growing demographic nightmare in West MORE, is now promoting attacks against Tea Party activists, ordinary American citizens and fiscally conservative members of Congress — all of whom are adamantly opposed to continuing the deficit-spending strategies proposed by some congressional members and the president," Angle wote. 

Angle's response comes as she eyes a run for the U.S. House next fall. She had originally planned to campaign in the special election for Nevada's 4th district, which was left open when then-Rep. Dean HellerDean HellerThune: Progress being made on Medicaid 'wraparound' Trump slams 'sad' Republicans who won't 'protect' him Trump backers eye GOP primary challenges for Flake, Heller MORE (R) was appointed to the Senate, but party leaders pressured her out of the race.