Sharron Angle and her fellow tea partiers are not pleased with John McCain's comparing them disfavorably to hobbits. He was criticizing some of the younger GOP senators who are, against all logic, still demanding that the Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution be passed in order for them to support raising the debt ceiling. As for the hobbits thing, it was from a Wall Street Journal editorial, but who knows.
In "A statement from a 'Tea Party hobbit,'" Angle responded:
One man in Washington, who chose Sarah Palin to be his VP running-mate and came to Nevada to campaign for me last year in the Senate race against Harry Reid, 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.
Ironically, this man campaigned for Tea Party support in his last re-election, 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.
If the tea party is going to embrace this Lord of the Rings thing, they might as well go all the way. Glenn Beck as Gimli? Ron Paul as one of those walking trees? We could go on.