Teabaggers don’t like Dick Armey




You create a monster, you nurture it, you set it free on the unsuspecting village, and then it turns on you.

It seemed a strange fit to begin with – a former House Republican leader turned $750,000-a-year Washington lobbyist who resurfaced as perhaps the single most identifiable leader of a populist, anti-Washington movement.

And in recent weeks, Dick Armey has found himself targeted by a quiet, but concerted campaign from fellow conservatives challenging – and seeking to undermine – his status as a leader of the tea party movement.

Critics ranging from prominent conservatives to bloggers to grassroots tea party activists have called into question whether Armey’s stances on illegal immigration and social issues, his candidate endorsements and his past lobbying work are fundamentally inconsistent with the tea party movement. They also have suggested he raised the white flag too early in the fight over the Democratic healthcare overhaul and is beholden to corporate benefactors, and have accused him of trying to hijack the tea parties to serve those benefactors or his own personal political ambitions.


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