Former Republican Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle blasted Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions 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 Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate 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 ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight 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 Arthur HellerSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Lawmakers grapple with warrantless wiretapping program Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum MORE (R) was appointed to the Senate, but party leaders pressured her out of the race.