February 4th, 2010
11:31 AM ET
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Mickey

    Even this Dick knows these people are a bunch of Moonbats...

    February 4, 2010 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Jeff in Virginia

    Of course Armey won't be there.

    The last thing that the Tea Party handlers want to admit is that they are actually handling the Tea Party.

    February 4, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Librarian

    Who cares ? These wing nuts are "retarded".

    February 4, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Orange Curtain, CA

    Seems rather odd the activist whom raises money for them, now tries to distance himself from teabaggers so people don't realize how many corporate sponsors they have.

    February 4, 2010 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  5. Seattle Sue

    Why will Armey not attend? Is the Tea Party getting too radical even for Dick Armey? The Tea Party members are like a rabid dog as they will attack anyone.

    February 4, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  6. Reagan raised taxes and tripled the debt.

    Heres a real Humpty dumpty scumbag using the brainless tea baggers like puppets.At least they got his first name right.

    February 4, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  7. Peggy- TX

    I think the success of the Tea Party is a clear indication of the increasingly weak Republican Party.
    The Corrupt core of the Republicans Machine, absent real political strong power and large sums of money, can not maintain the strict Stalin like discipline to keep the Party together. Middle-class folks with conservative leanings were served badly by the last Republican administration and are finding refuge in a vaguely defined Tea Party that sounds conservative and populous. But the Tea Party is, in fact, just a arm of the Republican party, funded and organized by the Insurance Industry. Now that the health care bill was defeated, what are the Tea Partiers going to do with themselves. Sounds like Both the Repubs and Teaers are about to implode

    February 4, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Cosmo

    Dick, who do you think you are kidding? The astoturf "grass roots" Teabag movement is bankrolled by Freedom Works, the GOP and its corporate masters. It is the same old GOP nonsense. Spend, spend, spend on defense and use the cry of freedom to deregulate business. These twin evils have nearly bankrupted this nation and has positioned us to be a second class nation in the near future. Not everyone is a Fox watching nitwit and buys into the revisionist history that absolves the Republican party from its very recent abuses and refusal to move this country forward. Don't deceive yourself that these teabag people represent the vast majority of Americans. We are working harder and longer hours to pay for health care, education of our children and the cost of living, while a few hundred people without these concerns ride around on buses as a publicity stunt to use the media to try to hoodwink America that this is the Voice of the People. LOL

    February 4, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  9. Thankful for our Military

    And we care why??

    February 4, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  10. Sam

    DICK YOU LIE!!!!

    February 4, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  11. Future expat

    "the grassroots business"?!!?!

    Isn't that an oxymoron?

    February 4, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Armey isn't attending the tea party and when asked why, he never answered the question. Sounds like he's trying to keep his hands clean while using others to do the dirty work. Disgusting.

    February 4, 2010 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  13. Mike in MN

    Armey is exactly correct about the values that the Tea Party movement embrasses. Limited government, effective government, cost efficient government, non-intrusive government that protects individual liberties. Bottom line government that we can afford and that protects the liberties of the people without intruding on their freedom.
    The Tea Party movement will be more credible if it remains a collection of a large number of groups or organizations that remain grass roots and independent of any political party. Any candidate from any party that embarsses the values of the movement will be supported by the moverment.
    And the for profit Tea Party Nation organization that is running the convention should be shunned. The movement should not support individuals or groups who look to make a profit off of it.

    February 4, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  14. El Kababa

    The Republican Party is playing the tea bagger movement like a harmonica. I know that many tea baggers think that they are doing this of their own accord, but I'll bet next month's rent that – if you could follow the money – it would lead to some surprising and very Republican names. Why do I think this? I have no evidence of any kind, but my rule of thumb is: "Where corruption is possible, there corruption will be found."

    America's national Republican leadership may not be smart, but they are not stupid. They are cunning and unscrupulous; a dangerous combination of attributes. And, some very smart corporate people are pulling their strings. There are two motivations here. Republican leaders don't want to accomplish anything, but they do want power, status, cash, and endless applause. The corporate string-pullers don't want status or applause and they have endless money. They do want power, however. The federal government controls a LOT of money. Corporations want low taxes and government contracts.

    This is a sweetheart deal.

    The tea baggers are just providing some rowdy street theater. The naive membership may be sincere, but they are no more than puppets. None of their goals will be achieved.

    February 4, 2010 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  15. mike

    hey it looks like nobody wants to go to the tea party what are they
    going to do now have espresso what a bunch of uneducated losers
    look they take credit for Chris Brown and he is the most moderate
    republican in office now its time for the republicans to throw them under the bus they got what they wanted out of them and that was a lot of
    noise and nothing else

    February 4, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  16. Ted from Calif.

    Dick Armey talk a good story, however, he is nothing but another old Republican white southern racist with KKK roots. His FreedomWorks organization should be investigated for attempting to incite public riots. This snake is a danger to the country!

    February 4, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    Yeah, whatever. Dick Armey hasn't "attended" planet earth and reality for years and years, so what does he have to do with anything really?

    This is probably just an attempt to start dissociating the very real GOPer influence over the teatards to legitimize the GOP using them in advertising as some sort of example of "independents" coming to their call....you know, instead of vice-versa, with the GOP infiltrating, funding and egging the teatards on.

    February 4, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  18. Another Dumb Right Winger

    Do we want to go back to 1995, when this clown shut down the federal government?

    By the Corporation, For the Corporation, Screw the People.

    February 4, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Death Assurance Companies

    Armay,Limbaugh, and Rodger Aeiles,three pigs in a sty.

    February 4, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. AmericanOkie

    Sounds like the man is still full of bull - by not attending this meeting of his fellow (white and paranoid) American malcontents, he can't even boast the courage of his convictions (if he's got any beyond his own oily interests).

    February 4, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  21. Slider

    It appears that the Tea Party movement is more of a threat to the Democrat Party, which has always been open about big government. The folks in this movement appear to be angry at the Republican Party for abandoning its principles in the Bush Administration.

    It's really that simple, Ms. Phillips.

    Note to Rick Sanchez, "Journalist" for CNN during his talk with the head of the Tea Party Movement:

    Sir, if you are still clueless about why we went into Iraq, there is this document passed by a Republican controlled House, and a Democrat controlled Senate entitled: The Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq (H.J. Res 114 & Public Law No. 107-243) that I suggest that you peruse at your earliest convenience so that you can quit sounding like an anti-war dipstick and actually have a clue about why our forces are there.

    When you are done, you can then take a look at what a few Democrats in the Senate tried to do, in the interests of political expedience (Durbin Amendment, Leahy Amendment, Byrd Amendment), toward that document, which paid off quite well for Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois in his meteoric rise to the No. 2 position in the Senate in such a short amount of time.

    Then you can get a clear understanding of the ethos, pathos, and logos of the stance that you currently subscribe to so that you could at least be considered a researcher for the truth instead of having the appearance of an apparatchik from the 60's.

    February 4, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  22. SIMP

    First of all I want to know how does this dumb Kira Phillips become a journalist? She did not ask any challenging questions, she just sits there and let this idiot armey rant on about this racist group of people the tea party and she just smile, what a poor excuse for a reporter.

    whee were these racist tea party morons when bush was spending our money and got us in a 1.2 TRILLION defict before President Obama even took office. I don't care what anybody has to say, these idiots are only walking around carrying those terrible signs and saying those teribble things about President Obama is because they fear him. Oh yeah they will they do fear him, but its because of his spending. first of all these idiots need to do their homework before they start spreading all this hate and lies.

    February 4, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Rick

    I just read that public figures associated with the Tea Party include Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachman, Rush Limbaugh and Glen Beck. AND THESE PEOPLE EXPECT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY?!?!?

    February 4, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  24. FactCheck

    Ah, yes... the Tea-Party Convention. A grass-root movement financed by corporate donations and headed up by Dick Armey, one of the biggest lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry.

    February 4, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  25. Tom, St. Paul

    I'm surprised! This sounds like it'd be right in his wheelhouse.

    February 4, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
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