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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Teabagger King Abdicates His Throne

Posted by on Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Remember Dick Armey, the guy who inspired an army of dicks to parade around in tricorn hats and call themselves a tea party? It seems he just left his own teabaggy think-tank, FreedomWorks, in a huff, and other members of the organization are following suit:

Several top FreedomWorks staffers are leaving the conservative advocacy group in the wake of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey’s resignation, the organization confirmed Tuesday...Armey, who served as FreedomWorks’ co-chairman since 2003, cut ties with the group in a tersely-worded email dated Nov. 30. But The Associated Press reported Tuesday morning that the terms of his resignation were set in September under a confidential contract that would compensate him with $8 million in consulting fees, paid in annual $400,000 installments.

Mother Jones published Armey's resignation letter yesterday. FreedomWorks, under Armey, has been the prime mover of the teabagger phenomenon and they did a decent job of making it appear to be a "grassroots" movement, rather than a pre-planned mainstream conservative attempt to kill Obamacare in the crib. The fact that Armey has taken his toys and gone home is HUGE news, and it doesn't bode well for Grover Norquist's threats of a Tea Party Part Deux. But don't feel bad for old Dick—that eight million dollar payout will probably ease his pain and heartbreak a little.

 

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Contrary view here.

The interests that have traditionally backed Republicans didn't lose, and the Tea Party astroturf movement wasn't a failure. They enabled a Democratic Party that is the most plutocratic, most corporatist, most sold-out, and furthest to the right it has been since before the Great Depression to come off as the more attractive choice.

In the first Obama Administration, the plutocracy got virtually all of the big-money wins it wanted: continued bailout of the perpetrators of the financial crash and abandonment of its victims; the Heritage Foundation health-care plan; continued super-low taxes on the rich; more race-to-the-bottom "free trade" agreements with weak labor and environmental provisions; ever-weakening unions; falling real wages; weak financial regulations and bigger-than-ever banks; exceptionally weak antitrust and consumer protection enforcement; and endless war, fear, and paranoia. They even got cuts to food stamps in a time of high unemployment! (Real plutocrats don't care about social wedge issues, like sexuality and religion. They just use them tactically to manipulate the hoi polloi.)

So a few genuinely progressive Democrats got elected last November, and Elizabeth Warren will be getting a junior seat on the Senate Banking Committee. And a number of genuinely bad apples will be gone. But thanks to gerrymandering, Republicans still control the House, and if the Democratic majority in the Senate doesn't eliminate or greatly weaken the filibuster and personal hold on the first day of the 113th Congress -- as they could have done on the first day of the 112th, but "inexplicably" failed to do -- you'll know that they want to retain a procedural excuse for continuing to capitulate to the Republicans while pretending to object. And if the budget "compromises" the Democrats agree to don't start putting a significant dent in the country's grossly unequal distribution of wealth and income, you'll know that the Republicans are continuing to win the war, despite having "lost the battle."
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Posted by PCM on December 5, 2012 at 9:19 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 15
It never seemed grassroots to me but rather Republican assholery that, with a couple minor successes, failed completely. I can only hope they continue to nauseate the electorate.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on December 5, 2012 at 7:31 AM · Report this
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What can I tell you? They didn't just lose. They lost everything, and they lost big. And when that happens, the losers turn on each other.
Posted by floater on December 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 13
Shoot. And they were only halfway done with making the Republican party irrelevant.
Posted by Free Lunch on December 4, 2012 at 7:11 PM · Report this
SPG 12
Another GOP welfare queen.
Posted by SPG on December 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 11
Huh. Heh heh. You said "Dick Armey".
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on December 4, 2012 at 6:37 PM · Report this
disintegrator 10
These assholes and their fucking money...
Posted by disintegrator on December 4, 2012 at 5:57 PM · Report this
rob! 9
Dick Armey helped turn the sweetest little old lady of my childhood, friend of my grandmother and fellow-teacher, hostess of my parents' wedding, charity-maven with the voice of Jean Redpath, and purveyor of arch good humor, into a paranoid racist pinchpenny at the end of her life.

Fuck you forever, Dick, for being the spider who enrobed her dementia in a silken mental straitjacket.
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on December 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM · Report this
balderdash 8
@6, yeah, they have such a good platform otherwise. I really like what they bring to the table in terms of racism and violent nationalism and "fuck you, I got mine" anarcho-libertarianism.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on December 4, 2012 at 3:13 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 7
Tea Party needs to get out of the GOP's basement and find a job.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://www.you-read-it-here-first.com on December 4, 2012 at 3:05 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 6
I'd not mind if there was a tea party resurgence provided they made a concerted effort to suppress (or much better, just outright exclude) the goofball religious element.
Posted by mikethehammer on December 4, 2012 at 3:00 PM · Report this
balderdash 5
That's too bad. "Dick Armey's Dick Army" was such a good moniker for the Tea Party.
Posted by balderdash http://introverse.blogspot.com on December 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM · Report this
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A fucking CEO of a grassroots organization?!?

It's a plot worthy of Orwell, except for real.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on December 4, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Report this
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I'm at a loss why you think this is a minus for the Tea Party/Astroturf Austerity crowd. No one knows or cares who Dick Armey is anymore. The stars now are the people kicked out of office this cycle.
Posted by usagi on December 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM · Report this
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That's $400,000 a year for the next 20 years.

Remind me again who the Tea Party is supposed to represent?
Posted by Clayton on December 4, 2012 at 2:47 PM · Report this
California Kid 1
8 million golden parachute?!?! How the hell can they even claim to be grass roots when they can give out that kind of scratch to to people leaving
Posted by California Kid on December 4, 2012 at 2:33 PM · Report this

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