Armey Declares War

I’ve always liked Dick Armey, and now he’s given me even more reason to like him:

Armey, who is chairman of a Washington-based grass-roots organization called FreedomWorks, was a leading architect of the Republican takeover of the House in 1994 and remains a prominent and outspoken advocate for conservative causes.

But when it comes to the immigration debate that’s raged in Congress for much of the past two years, he takes an almost polar-opposite position from many of his former Republican House colleagues, who are pressing for tough border security measures, including a 700-mile fence along the Southwest border.

“This has been rallied up by a lot of people that are very visible, make a lot of noise and have never been guilty of any deep thinking,” Armey told reporters Tuesday after an appearance with Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, and Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., co-sponsors of a proposed immigration compromise that includes a privately managed guest-worker program.

Unabashedly naming names, Armey described Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., as the “cheerleader of jerkiness in the immigration debate” and said conservative commentator Pat Buchanan “is content to be a rock star” for “10 percent of the most militant voters in America.”

Tancredo proves Armey correct with his response:

“Someone should remind him that the jerks he is speaking of happen to be the heart and soul of the Republican Party.”

Nice ego massaging there, Tommy.

Via Tancredo Watch.

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