From THE TEXAS TRIBUNE:
Dick Armey, the former University of North Texas economics professor, U.S. House majority leader and hired-gun Washington lobbyist, now serves as the chairman of Freedom Works, a nonprofit that bills itself as “dedicated to educating, training, and mobilizing hundreds of thousands of volunteer activists to fight for less government, lower taxes, and more freedom.” With Matt Kibbe, the president and CEO of Freedom Works, he is the co-author of the recently published book Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto. A North Dakota native, Armey represented the 26th Congressional District of Texas in the House from 1985 until his retirement in 2003.
Armey talked with the Tribune by phone on Saturday[…]
TT: Is the Tea Party a conservative movement in the Republican/Democrat sense, or is it a fiscal movement?
Armey: [yadda, yadda, yadda]
TT: Is this a threat to Republicans or Democrats or both?
Armey: [blah, blah, blah]
TT: When was the last time the Republican Party was in harmony with what you see now as the Tea Party movement?
Armey: [yackety, yackety, yacketyyak]
There are a lot more questions and answers, and you can read them at the link, but let’s get to the good part. Okie dokie, here it is:
TT: This movement doesn’t have a clear leader in front. Who do you think might emerge?
Armey: There’s a lot of them out there. We just watch and see. Barack Obama, when he ran for president, won a talent contest. The voters looked at the whole contest through a very shallow set of lenses, and he got away with it. Anybody who expects to win the presidency in 2012 had better expect to win on a substantive ground of proven performance, not just lip service, good looks and talented speech-making.
TT: Is Dick Armey one of the people interested in doing that?
Armey: Oh, no, no, no, no. I’ve got 34 goats that depend on me daily. I couldn’t be away that long.
Hide your livestock. 😯