General Armey fades away – with cash

Lightning's flashing, winds are howling – and there's a tempest in the tea party! Why it's Dick Armey, the blowhard, former-Republican majority leader, corporate lobbyist, Koch brothers' retainer, and commanding general of the tea party army.

Lightning’s flashing, winds are howling – and there’s a tempest in the tea party! Why it’s Dick Armey, the blowhard, former-Republican majority leader, corporate lobbyist, Koch brothers’ retainer, and commanding general of the tea party army.

Dick’s always been stormy. In 2002, he had an unpleasant split with his fellow legislative hucksters, Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay, so he spun through Congress’ revolving door right into the K-Street lobbying hustle. In 2004, he became honcho of a Koch-funded corporate front group with the spiffy name of FreedomWorks, an outfit that works by hook and crook to “free” corporations from pollution rules, unions, taxes and other bothers.

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Then, in 2009, when angry tea partiers exploded onto the scene, Armey immediately rushed out to co-opt them, diverting their leaders away from the group’s initial fury at Wall Street into a mob frenzy over Obamacare and “big government.” This corporate front man and lifelong Washington insider essentially

“Battling the bastards is about as much fun as you can have with your clothes on.”

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