Late Night: Take This Job and Shove It

By: Thursday January 10, 2013 8:00 pm

Perhaps out of a combination of peevishness and thirst, John Boehner recently blurted out, “I need this job like I need a hole in my head.”  Of course, the job he was complaining about, Speaker of the House, third in line for the Presidency, happens to be well-paid, prestigious, and quite evidently can be performed, after a fashion, even when drunk.  That is, it’s decidedly not like the jobs that the vast majority of Americans toil away at, should they be lucky enough to have a job at all. 


Dick Armey Says No One Saw The Gun During Attempted FreedomWorks Coup

By: Thursday December 27, 2012 8:03 am

The plot thickens in the Tea Party Civil War. Apparently Dick Armey did not go quietly into that good night. In fact, he first tried to muscle his opponents out:

Tea Party Civil War Puts Dick Armey In Spotlight

By: Wednesday December 26, 2012 7:02 am

When the “tea party” phenomenon broke out, believed to be inspired by Rick Santelli’s painfully oblivious Post-TARP rant about the pitfalls of helping those in financial distress, I was like many Americans – confused but interested. Maybe this was more than the most reactionary elements of the Republican Party finding an excuse to demonize a black president. Maybe this was more than astroturfing plutocrats trying to throw up roadblocks made of lunatics at new business regulations. Maybe this was more than a parade of parasitic self-promoters swiping some airtime and ratings for themselves at the expense of civil society. Maybe, honest to God, this was a sincere movement reasonably concerned with fiscal responsibility.

And then Dick Armey showed up.

A Fool and His Money

By: Thursday December 13, 2012 8:00 pm

One of the deepest divides in our alarmingly escalating Class War is one of mutual misunderstanding between the two sides about what money is for: The Job Creators can’t comprehend why the Lower Orders should have such fripperies as food, housing, and medical care (or worse, cell phones and TV’s), while those being steadily ground into mush under their well-shod heels can’t understand why people with enough money to buy their own states don’t at least buy states where the weather is better.

Boehner Purges Conservative Members from Influential Committees

By: Tuesday December 4, 2012 11:03 am

As I noted, John Boehner got as much flak from his right flank on his three-page “counter-offer” as he did from his left. Conservative groups groused at the inclusion of $800 billion in revenue collection increases, even as it followed the Romney campaign pattern of lowering rates while broadening the base. Obviously they would rather do that without having to raise revenue at all. RedState put up the “white flag of surrender” to characterize the counter-offer.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Vanessa Williamson, The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism

By: Sunday December 11, 2011 1:59 pm

I encourage readers to purchase two copies of The Tea Party and the Remaking of Republican Conservatism – one for themselves and one as a Christmas present for their right wing uncle. That uncle might well stay with Skocpol and Williamson’s highly readable and well-crafted study to the end without throwing it down in anger – something I can’t say with much confidence about my book with DiMaggio.

Armey Tries to Stop Tea Party Tide He Latched Onto

By: Saturday January 22, 2011 5:00 pm

Dick Armey basically jumped on the Tea Party bandwagon when he saw how Republicans could ride them to a return to the majority. But Dick Armey doesn’t really give a damn about whatever counts as core Tea Party “issues.” He just seeks raw power and the ability to engage in some profit-taking for his rich contributor friends. When the Tea Partiers actually start asking for follow-through on the issues they care about, that’s where Armey draws the line.

GOP Tea Party Hangover Hits Before Votes Are Counted

By: Thursday October 28, 2010 6:40 am

A remarkable theme echoing through much of the political press Thursday morning is the realization that Tea Party candidates who are running for office as Republicans are hurting the party’s chances in a year that otherwise has been predicted to be a huge Republican landslide. The Washington Post headlines its story on the topic “Tea party antics could end up burning Republicans“, while Reuters declares “Tea Party-backed Republicans spur party switches“. The Guardian brings out the best headline and best line, however, with the headline “The GOP’s coming Tea Party hangover” and the line “Tea is the Republican party’s cocaine: thrilling for a moment, but ruinous over time.” Tea Party candidates have won nominations in Republican primaries by channeling unfocused rage, but as that rage now erupts into a combination of genuine violence and a complete inability to articulate a platform (as demonstrated by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer in this video, where she can’t even deliver an opening statement in a debate), even Republicans are moving away from “the crazy” and looking for candidates who are interested in good government rather than good theater.

Why Do We Keep Calling Tea Partiers “Anti-Government?”

By: Friday September 24, 2010 9:45 am

Conservatives, including those of the Tea Party variety, aren’t “anti-government.” In most respects they are pro-government to the point of authoritarianism. What they really oppose is any form of cooperative or collective solution to the problems of a complex industrial (or post-industrial) society – especially when the beneficiaries are people they regard with suspicion or fear.

Dick Armey Doesn’t Know Much about American History

By: Tuesday March 16, 2010 10:30 am

Dick Armey, the former Congressman from Texas and current teabagger, actually grew up in North Dakota — but he certainly sounds like he was educated by the Texas School Board.

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