One of the interesting aspects of the Tea Party movement is the obsession by the media on appointing “a leader.” Is Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, or any number of other figures the leader.
However, there is one man who appointed himself as the figurehead of this movement, Dick Armey. He is the leader of the group “Freedom Works.” Now, I never heard of Dick Armey until a few months ago. Maybe it’s because I am in my 20s, but how is Armey, an old political figure of the old republican establishment, a face of a new movement?
And what makes him a credible source on who should be our presidential nominee? US News and World Report, published an interview with Armey on who is the “fresh face of the party”:
“I think Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee are old news,” says Dick Armey, the former House GOP leader who chairs FreedomWorks, one of the larger tea-party organizers.
Talking to us from his home in Texas, Armey suggests that three governors are poised to win over the movement and potentially get the nomination to take on President Obama. “I don’t know for sure who it is, but I’ve had my eye on [Minnesota Gov. Tim] Pawlenty because Pawlenty has the opportunity to be a blank slate,” says Armey.
Are you kidding me Armey? Pawlenty is as flamboyant as a piece of cardboard. Armey also pointed to Hayley Barbour, and Mitch Daniels as great candidates.
Sarah Palin is old news? She is bringing life to an old and dull republican party, as well as Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, and Chuck DeVore. They espouse conservative values and has brought new people in to the political process and in to the republican party. Dick Armey did squat.
Now he wants to ride the Tea Party gravy train and becomes its spokesman and speak in a perfunctory way, not acknolwedging the consequences of his words. I say, go way to Armey.
Is Armey your idea of a leader, or a guy using the Tea Party for his own monetary and political use? Do you agree with him on his comments about 2012?