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If Armey Purges the GOP of Moderates Then I'll Purge the Democrats of All Their Wet Pieces of Cardboard

Von: Bret Cahill (bretcahill@aol.com) [Profil]
Datum: 04.11.2009 18:01
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Sound fair?

> http://thinkprogress.org/2009/11/03/armey-disruption-memo/
> Armey Meets With Author Of Town Hall Harassment Strategy Memo To Plan
> Purge Of Moderates From GOP
> By Lee Fang on Nov 3rd, 2009
> In late July, ThinkProgress first reported on a memo detailing how
> conservative activists can successfully disrupt Democratic health care
> town halls.http://thinkprogress.org/2009/07/31/recess-harassment-memo/
> The memo, authored by a Tea Party Patriots volunteer named Bob
> MacGuffie, was distributed on a listserv controlled by FreedomWorks —
> the corporate front group run by Dick Armey that is dedicated to
> organizing tea parties and other anti-Obama efforts around the
> country.
> A member of the listserv, Jenny Beth Martin, blasted out the memo on
> June 13th, declaring, “We here in CT have developed a strategy for
> holding our elected officials accountable. We show up en mass at the
> ‘town hall’ meetings they have!” The tactics included:
> – Artificially Inflate Your Numbers: “Spread out in the hall and try
> to be in the front half. The objective is to put the Rep on the
> defensive with your questions and follow-up. The Rep should be made to
> feel that a majority, and if not, a significant portion of at least
> the audience, opposes the socialist agenda of Washington.”
> – Be Disruptive Early And Often: “You need to rock-the-boat early in
> the Rep’s presentation, Watch for an opportunity to yell out and
> challenge the Rep’s statements early.”
> – Try To “Rattle Him,” Not Have An Intelligent Debate: “The goal 
is to
> rattle him, get him off his prepared script and agenda. If he says
> something outrageous, stand up and shout out and sit right back down.
> Look for these opportunities before he even takes questions.”
> In town hall after town hall during August, the strategy was used to
> target members of Congress who are considering support of health care
> reform.
> Although Armey disputes his relation to the memo, both Rolling Stone
> and Talking Points Memo have verified that FreedomWorks staffers, like
> FreedomWorks Florida coordinator Tom Gaitens, control the Tea Party
> Patriots listserv which distributed the memo.
> Armey has gone so far as denying even knowing Gaitens, who has worked
> for FreedomWorks for years and can be seen in the last ten seconds of
> this ABC News segment handing a microphone to Armey.
> Now, the Courant is reporting that Armey plans to go to Fairfield, CT
> on November 11th for a “strategy session” with conservative activists
> and MacGuffie, the original author of the town hall harassment
> strategy.
> An announcement sent out by MacGuffie proclaimed that he, like Armey,
> has actively supported Doug Hoffman’s bid to rid the NY-23 special
> election of moderate Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava (R-NY).
> Now, both Armey and MacGuffie are planning to purge the Republican
> Party of more moderate politicians.
> MacGuffie has declared that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen.
> Olympia Snowe (R-ME) are RINOs (Republicans in name only) who “have
> routinely abandoned or betrayed us.”
> Similarly, the next step of Armey’s agenda appears to be an
> intensified crusade to challenge moderate Republicans in primaries.
> The Politico reports that Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC), Gov. Charlie Crist
> (R-FL), former Rep. Rob Simmons (R-CT) and other Republicans who have
> strayed from rigid party-line positions face primaries from candidates
> inspired by the tea parties and town hall disruption type tactics.
> ________________________________________________________________
> Dick Armey, what a guy.

Every party should have one.

Bret Cahill

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