She missed the big prize in 2010, but Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle keeps campaigning.
Republican Sharron Angle, a Tea Party candidate, fell short of the big prize during the last election cycle, narrowly losing to Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, after polls showed her in the lead. But that didn’t end her campaign to unseat Reid. Only now, Angle aims at knocking Reid off as Majority Leader by electing Republicans to the United States Senate.
After her defeat, Angle formed the super PAC, Our Voice, which raises money for Republicans who align with Tea Party principles, primarily reduced spending and a smaller federal government. Angle says Republicans need to flip four Senate seats now in the hands of Democrats, one being the seat held by Democrat Ben Nelson in Nebraska.
“I believe it’s one of those states that we’re going to change from blue to red,” Angle says. “And, of course, if we change four then the majority changes and Harry Reid is no longer the Senate Majority Leader.”
Angle has been traveling the country in a specially painted SUV she dubs “The Hobbit Express,” a reference to a putdown by Republican John McCain during a speech on the Senate floor in which he read a Wall Street Journal article that compared Tea Party activists to Hobbits. The WSJ article theorized that the Tea Party members of the US House used the debt ceiling crisis to undermine confidence in President Obama as well as the federal government in general “…and the tea-party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth having defeated Mordor.” The article specifically mentions Angle. Angle turned the insult into a campaign theme.