Mar 11, 2004
Dick Armey vs. Hastert and DeLay
“The Winter of Conservative Discontent” From Today’s @Stake:
“For all the attention paid to partisanship in this town, the more interesting—and consequential—fights here in this election year will pit Republicans against Republicans.”
- Wall Street Journal, “Bush Finds Party Faithful in Ugly Mood”
There can be no clearer sign of how far off the edge the current GOP Leadership has fallen than the feud in which they are engaged with former Republican leader Dick Armey.
Mind you, Dick Armey is not exactly a steady moderate. Just last month he had to apologize for saying, “If I were a Democrat, I would feel a heck of a lot more comfortable in Boston than, say, in America.” But this apology prompted The Hill to ask, “Is Dick Armey mending the wrong fences?” explaining,
”[Armey] is taking heat from his former colleagues for his harsh criticism of the Republican majority’s spending habits.”
Perhaps Armey’s most piercing and public criticism came in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “Say ‘No’ to Medicare,” in which he argued:
“The deal on prescription drugs struck this week is in fact bad news for senior citizens and possibly even worse political news for the Republican Party.”
Right on both counts. But Tom DeLay’s ego knows no bounds. A Republican speaking his conscience, even if it is a retired House leader, knows what to expect from GOP leaders these days:
“Armey’s comments have angered Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and other top Republicans, prompting some of them to look for ways to retaliate or, at the very least, portray him as a hypocrite.” - Roll Call
The long knives are out, get a good seat.