An Armey of One Less

From POLITICO (August 7, 2009):

Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas) is resigning from DLA Piper law firm amid a wave of negative attention his grassroots organization, Freedom Works, has drawn for helping to organize protesters at health care town hall meetings with members of Congress.

In an interview with POLITICO Armey said that he was concerned about the media scrutiny the health care protests were drawing to the firm he has been associated with since retiring from Congress.

“The firm is busy with its business, and shouldn’t be asked to take time out from their work, to defend themselves of spurious allegations,” Armey said. “No client of this firm is going to be free to mind its own business without harassment as long as I’m associated with it.”

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In a statement Armey said, “It is painful and frustrating to see a good, decent, able and effective partnership
of honorable men and women and their clients attacked for things in which they are not involved simply because of their association with me. One would expect a higher degree of competence and professionalism from members of the media than spurious attacks on innocent bystanders.”


[…] Armey, who had been with the law firm for six years, said that he intends to devote his full attention to FreedomWorks.


Armey, who became majority leader after Republicans won control of Congress in 1994, has become a poster boy of sorts for critics of the congressional town halls, where Democratic members of Congress have often been drowned out by chorus of boos and jeers.

On Aug. 7 MSNBC host Rachel Maddow raised questions about a potential role for the law firm — and its clients — in the protests.

“The fact that Dick Armey and FreedomWorks are standing alongside regular Joes like Rick Scott to lead the charge against health care reform could be just a coincidence. Or it could be a stark reminder of who we’re dealing with here. Who is actively organizing the campaign against health care reform? Scaring real Americans with increasingly paranoid and kooky lies about health care and then providing a script for how to express that fear.”

Both Armey and Maddow are scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday.


Armey told POLITICO he intends to counter misinformation about FreedomWorks’ role in the health care protests and said there have been no disruptions of any town hall meetings where his group has helped organize participants.

“That’s simply not true. We have always emphasized making a civil presentation. There’s been nobody at a town hall meeting who has been bused in, at least not by FreedomWorks.”

Rather, he said, opposition over the prospect of government-run health care is organic.


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21 responses to “An Armey of One Less

  1. I am so torn.. I hate giving Douce David the stats..for MTP, but I so want to see if Rachel can “man-up” and take down Dickless Armey.. he is such a worthless asswipe.. She will have to be strong with Gregory and Armey both against her.. it won’t be easy that’s for sure.. I know which side DG will fall on.. regardless that she is a colleague of his .. I am sure the GOPer will be a stronger lure.

    • i just hope that rachel is pushier than she is on her own show. she always seems to me to be too polite and then follows up the next day with her rebuttal. that might work on her own show, but it won’t work on mtp. maybe she should watch lawrence o’donnell a few times to remind her how it should be done.

      • That’s what I meant when I said I wanted to see if she could “man up” and take him down. She is usually more snarky than strong, and in his case she needs to be very strong and forceful.. snark won’t work with Armey.. He is an ass.. just ask Joan Walsh.. she tried being nice and he treated her terribly…Tweety got called on the carpet over that one because he let it happen and Bob Herbert from the NY Times called him out on it.. That’s when I stopped watching Tweety…

        • the rethugs love to be rude and just talk over people. i hate when dems are polite and allow them to do it. they all need to watch lawrence o’donnell on an endless loop showing how it’s done.

  2. jeb

    Two diaries about Dick’s in a row Nonnie? This place is really heading for the crotch.

    Dick Armey used to be my Congressman a long time ago. Even now I hate to admit that. Not that I ever voted for the POS – I voted against him every chance I got – but he had to resign and I had to move to get that changed. He truly is a lying scumbag.

    • there’s an army of them, jeb!

      dick armey oozes meanness and anger and hate. he can’t hide it. you can dress him in tulle and put a halo on his head, and he’ll still exude evil.

  3. Rachel 1 Armey 0

    Love that score.

  4. I’m glad he got kicked to the curb for whipping up this angry villagers mob scene.

    Army Weak
    (the new Army slogan is Army Strong)

    Are you following the story about RAM (Remote Access Medical) designed to bring medical care to 3rd world countries, but every town they go to in the US, they are swamped with way more people than they can give care to.

    They just did a round in LA. thousands of people camp overnight to get medical care they need– not only that, but many of them are employed WITH health insurance that does not cover things like dental & glasses.

    Normally, they would be in Haiti & Guam, truly impoverished places.

    That is SOOOO sad.
    Not only did they see over 7,500 people, but they had to turn many more away.

    What a nightmare.

    Those playing it up for the insurance & big pharma profiteers should be ashamed.

    So many medical professionals donating time…. doing things like record # of tooth extractions
    96- before noon- just marathon medical care sessions.

    I wish they had to work w RAM for a few months to *get it*.

    • thanks for that video, fran. that really says it all. i was aware of the people lining up in l.a.. i remember when 60 minutes did a segment on that organization. they showed them somewhere previously in america (don’t remember exactly where), and the number of people who showed up was heartbreaking. they had to send so many away. it’s shameful for this to occur in this country, just as it’s shameful to have to have bake sales to get a kid needed surgery. the dems should run footage of RAM events at their townhall meetings.

  5. dick armey is one of the creepiest assholes in this country. he actually makes chimpy seem normal (did i just say that??)

    i cannot watch him, so i didnt watch MTP – and i dont like david gregory AT ALL

    • he is creepy. he sat on mtp rubbing his hands together like some evil sorcerer. that said, i’m afraid that rachel didn’t win this round, at least not in my estimation. lawrence o’donnell would have made mincemeat out of the bullshit they were spouting.

  6. I know others have said this elsewhere, but I can’t help but say it myself…Dick Armey. Heh heh, heh heh. She said Dick Armey. Yeah Yeah!

    For the record, I do Beavis and Butthead better in person than in writing.

  7. KarenZipdrive

    I think Rachel Maddow was too polite on MTP, but with a weak host like David GaGa, she would have had to start punching Dick Armey to get him to shut his fat mouth.
    She got even on Monday–exposing his stupid Freedom Works as the creeps behind a bogus web site called, “Angry”
    She’s not confrontational, but she’s as vengeful as any of us. She’s lost him his law firm gig, exposed his phony web site–and that’s just been in the last week.
    Soon enough, her MSNBC buddies Keith, Ed, Lawrence and even Chris will dogpile on Armey as a show of solidarity.
    As to MTP, Armey fucked himself with his arrogance, rudeness and bluster. Only someone just like him would consider his appearence a success.

    • anyone who goes on mtp should know that they won’t get any help from david gregory, so be prepared to be loud and pushy in order to say what you want to say. while she might have had a fine rebuttal on her show the next day, that won’t reach the regular viewers of mtp who don’t watch her show. it should have been anthony wiener, lawrence o’donnell, or howard dean sitting there to oppose armey and coburn.

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