Wow. This is such a typical deflection of responsibility from a stalwart of the Party of Personal Responsibility. "Don't blame me for creating the tea party...it was that mean ol' George W. Bush that made me do it!"
Former Rep. Dick Armey
Former Rep. Dick Armey (R.,Tex.), whose Freedom Works organization has helped the Tea Party grow, said Tuesday in Philadelphia that the movement was conceived the moment President George W. Bush endorsed Sen. Arlen Specter (then-R, now D) over Pat Toomey in the 2004 Republican primary.
Conservatives have long been angered by that endorsement, viewing it as a triumph of political maneuvering over principle. Specter went on to defeat Toomey by 17,000 votes out of more than 1 million cast. Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R.,Pa.), who also endorsed Specter in 2004, has apologized again and again for the move in early primary states as he explores a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Of course, Toomey's decision last year to challenge Specter again drove him to the Democrats.
Toomey is now the Republican nominee for Senate, facing Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak Nov. 2. So far Toomey hasn't been taking credit for sparking the Tea Party as he campaigns, though he shares many of the movement's views on government spending, regulation and the need to reduce taxes.
Toomey was also the head of Club for Growth, which is supporting Republican candidates that pass their purity test for wanting to privatize Social Security and no taxes. In fact, they're so extreme that even Mike Huckabee calls them the Club for Greed.
But think about this: Pat Toomey has brought us Sharron Angle, Christine O'Donnell, Allen West, Carl Palladino, Joe Miller, Ken Buck, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. Can you think of a better reason to vote for Joe Sestak?
I don't know if anyone else is as sick of the Tom Brokaw/Chris Matthews consecutive book tours that we've got going on at MSNBC along with a couple of other networks, but this bit from Tuesday's Morning Joe where Brokaw was pushing his book along Read more...