Here's the way the tea-baggers handle policy debates within their D.C. group called FreedomWorks.
Richard K. Armey, the group’s chairman and a former House majority leader, walked into the group’s Capitol Hill offices with his wife, Susan, and an aide holstering a handgun at his waist. The aim was to seize control of the group and expel Armey’s enemies: The gun-wielding assistant [later identified as former Capitol Hill cop, Beau Singleton -- M.K.] escorted FreedomWorks’ top two employees off the premises, while Armey suspended several others who broke down in sobs at the news.
The coup lasted all of six days. By Sept. 10, Armey was gone — with a promise of $8 million — and the five ousted employees were back.Right-wing Illinois Billionaire Richard Stephenson, founder of the for-profit Cancer Treatment Centers of America and a director on the FreedomWorks board, agreed to commit $400,000 per year over 20 years in exchange for Armey’s agreement to leave the group.
- The Tea-Party is not just a group of regular folks who want their taxes lowered and the size of government reduced.
- Wing-nut Stephenson, a pal of the Koch Bros., has a vested interest in private health care and has good reason to use the tea -baggers in his war on ObamaCare
- The aptly-named Dick Armey isn't to big on gun control.