Friday, September 29, 2006

"Values Voters and their Leaders are Nasty Bullies"

No, that's not me talking, it's... uber-Republican Dick Armey??

Former Texas Congressman Dick Armey, once a stalwart ally in the culture wars, appears to be turning his back on Christian conservatives and their leaders.

The former majority leader of the House of Representatives reportedly told Ryan Sager, author of a new book on the Republican Party, that values voters and their leaders — especially Focus on the Family Action Chairman Dr. James Dobson — are "nasty bullies."

In the interview, Armey responded pointedly when Sager asked why he thought Christian conservatives seemed more powerful now than in the 1990s.

"To a large extent, because Dobson and his gang of thugs are real nasty bullies," Armey said. "I pray devoutly every day, but being a Christian is no excuse for being stupid. There's a high demagoguery coefficient to issues like prayer in schools. Demagoguery doesn't work unless it's dumb . . . These issues are easy for the intellectually lazy and can appeal to a large demographic."

Why did he do it? Here are some ideas from the Christian Right:

"Perhaps Mr. Armey should spend less time with the ACLU, for whom he is now a paid consultant," Daly said, "and more time apologizing to American families."


One theory Souder advanced is that his former leader hadn't really been committed to the social-conservative agenda.


The more plausible theory, he offered, is that Armey left the House a bitter man because social conservatives backed then-Rep. Steve Largent, R-Okla., for the leadership post.

Armey Lashes Out Against Dobson, Values Voters, via Dispatches from the Culture Wars

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