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Former Rep. Dick Armey stormed the offices of influential conservative think tank FreedomWorks, where he was chairman of the board, in an armed coup attempt earlier this year that nearly tore the group apart.
The outlandish September incident began when Armey — the former Republican House Majority Leader — decided to purge his rivals in the group.
Armey, his wife and an armed aide stormed the group’s Washington D.C. office, and the gun-toting man escorted out President and CEO Matt Kibbe and Senior Vice President Adam Brandon.
“A man with a gun who didn’t identify himself to me or other people on staff, and a woman I’d never seen before said there was an announcement,” one worker told the newspaper. “My first gut was, ‘Is FreedomWorks in danger?’ It was bizarre.’”
The coup lasted a mere six days, as it quickly became clear Armey was not capable of running the group with 2.1 million members and a $40 million budget, The Post reported. Armey even placed three employees on administrative leave but then backtracked when they burst into tears.
Armey departed after one of his ousted rivals secured a stunning pledge of $400,000 per year over 20 years from Richard Stephenson, a reclusive millionaire from Illinois.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
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Re: More Violence in DC, Dick Armey stages violent coup on Koch Organizatioon
What's hilarious is that Boehner's "Plan B" fail was due to his insistence that he get 218 Republican votes -- or else he wouldn't put it up for a vote. Fact is, by ignoring his teabaggers, he could have done "Plan B and a half" and carved off the Dem votes he needed.
The Teabaggers remind me a lot of Palestinian negotiators vis a vis Israel... the one thing they won't do is ever, ever solve the problem that justifies their own niche position. For the Palestinian leadership -- and I'm actually pretty fond of the Fatah guys, except they really needed to get serious, make the deal, and squash the Al Aqsa crew -- for the Palestinian leadership, the problem that must continue for them to remain relevant is continuing Israeli occupation. For the teabaggers, the American economy has to remain in a shambles for them to have any prayer of jiu-jitsuing it rhetorically into being "That bad Obama's fault."
For Boehner and McConnell, on the other hand, there's no hope of "Making Obama a one-term president," so they are free to move on to a goal that actually helps the nation. Boehner, however, had to risk his speakership to do it... and wouldn't.
And like the Palestinians rejecting the Peale plan, then the 1948 plan, then any movement prior to 1967, then the Taba deal.. and that's the short list... the supposed goal of the deal continues to elude the teabaggers.
No matter what the facts on the ground, both terrorist movements have the same underlying crisis: They can't take yes for an answer.