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Dick Armey tells House GOP: Win back the tea-partiers to win

By Molly K. Hooper - 01/30/10 08:55 PM ET

Dick Armey left his former House GOP colleagues on Saturday with a sobering thought: They lost the tea-party activists in 2006, now go win 'em back.

The former House GOP leader told the lawmakers gathered on the third day of the issues retreat that if they worked hard, it would be possible to win back the “small-government, grass-roots conservatives.”

Armey (R-Texas) explained in an interview that “in 1994 all we had to say to America was trust us, we aren’t them, and nobody ever remembered being disappointed in us in the majority. Now we have to say, ‘trust us, we’re not them and we’re not the guys that broke your hearts a few years ago.’ So they have a bigger task. But that’s not an insurmountable task.”

As president of the Freedom Forum, an organization that has coordinated many of the so-called Tea Party rallies and marches, Armey’s guidance was particularly important to Republicans.

Armey, who led House Republicans during the 1994 revolution, spent 90 minutes with GOP lawmakers on third and final day of the annual issues retreat. He had more time to take questions at the closed-door breakfast after the original final speaker, Virginia's Gov. Bob McDonnell, canceled due to the winter storm wreaking havoc on the Commonwealth Saturday morning.


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Dick Armey is prominent in

Dick Armey is prominent in the recent article on the rise of the Tea Party movement in the New Yorker magazine.
GOP neo-cons want the tea partier votes, which they do not deserve.

Dick & His Armey

Is not Freedom Works the group behind the 'Tea Party Patriots'?

In his last legislative effort, Armey was named chairman of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security and was the primary sponsor of the legislation that created the Department of Homeland Security.

At the start of 2003, Armey joined the Washington office of the law firm DLA Piper (formerly DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary) as a senior policy advisor. Armey was also the firm's co-chairman of its Homeland Security Task Force.

How many law firms have their own Homeland Security Taskforce?

Is Homeland Insecurity involved in the co-opt of the 'Tea Parties'?

Dick Armey was a senior policy adviser for DC-based lobbying firm DLA Piper, whose recent and/or current clients include "pharmaceutical maker Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, ... health care provider Metropolitan Health Networks, and the pharmaceutical firm Medicines Company," all entities that might benefit financially from seeing health care reform defeated.

Dick Armey's concurrent posts with both FreedomWorks and DLA Piper became particularly controversial in light of the $1,290,000 DLA Piper received in 2009 from the pharmaceutical company Medicines Co.


How does one 'win back' what one never had?

Regarding Palin: I believe we are watching in real time the rise of the third party, which will be controlled by the powers that be from its' inception.

Next Scam: "Cash For Cash"


Freedom Works is not the group ~behind~ the Tea Party Movement.

However, I'm sure they would love to claim that.

One look at thier website and stated goals, however, shows that they have nothing to do with the Tea Party movement.

Whole different idealism.

Which will not stop them from cashing in on it.

~Live life to its fullest, with an open heart, open arms and most important... an open mind~

The movement was born....

The movement was born out of Ron Paul followers during the last presidential election but FreedomWorks and Glenn Beck co-opted it early and aggressively when they saw how badly the Republican party was bleeding supporters.

I am convinced FreedomWorks and Glenn Beck are neocon attempts to draw them back with a repackaged fake message that appeals to pieces of their former prejudices and inclinations but retains support for the war on terror and big spending by government.

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

Not at all.

The movement was born a few hundred years ago. It has been dormant for awhile, is all.

Eveyone wants to take credit for American citizens waking up.

Ron Paul has certainly helped... Ron Paul followers as well.

That does not make the Tea Party movement a Ron Paul production.

It is a We The People production... as it should be.

You are correct in that people want to confine it, define it, represent it. To control it.

I don't think it's going to work this time.

~Live life to its fullest, with an open heart, open arms and most important... an open mind~

You are equating...

You are equating the recent tea party movement with the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution?


~wobbles but doesn't fall down~

I think your assumption....

I think your assumption that a majority of the tea party would EVER vote for Ron Paul is wrong.

The tea parties, as they are comprised right now, are led by Glenn Beck and Dick Armey and still think Ron Paul is a unrealistic "kook".


~wobbles but doesn't fall down~


You're putting too much faith in the Mainstream Media.

Get out more. talk to real people.

You'll see.


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Is that a serious question, or are you being rhetorical?

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What did you mean by this?

What did you mean by this? --> "The movement was born a few hundred years ago. It has been dormant for awhile, is all."

Regardles of whether people want to "confine it and redefine it", the recent tea party movement is what it is and it is made up of specific groups that, when it comes down to it, are not completely compatible. And many of them don't have much if anything in common with the Founding Fathers or America's founding.

Many of the "tea partiers" are just fine with the War on Terror and big govt spending.. as long as it is republicans spending the money. And many of them believe it is perfectly moral to nuke entire middle-eastern countries.

~wobbles but doesn't fall down~


You're doing just what others try to do... you ~define, confine and represent~ the Tea Party movment.

Because in your mind it cannot just be a portion of the American citizenry that has had enough.

Of course they are going to have different ideologies... they are individuals. THAT IS STILL OK in America.

The Tea Party movement needs no other definition than ~We The People~.

Or it is doomed to failure.

~Live life to its fullest, with an open heart, open arms and most important... an open mind~