Fighting Words

McCain Blasts Tea Party 'Hobbits'

Sen. John McCain blasted members of his own party Wednesday night, calling conservatives' resistance to increase the debt ceiling "worse than foolish" and referring to them as "Tea Party hobbits." McCain was quoting from a Wall Street Journal editorial that used the Lord of the Rings imagery. "This is the kind of crack political thinking that turned Sharron Angle and Christine O'Donnell into GOP Senate nominees," McCain said. The remark drew fire from Angle, who complained that McCain was "name-calling" and had no new ideas of his own.