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FreedomWorks Lobbyist Dick Armey Takes Credit for Organizing Tea Parties

Glenn Reynolds, who has made himself the online face of the Teabagger extremists, certainly knows more than his "peeps" that there is huge right wing infrastructure behind the demonstrations. But he plays the good soldier in today’s New York Post:

Now that the movement looks likely to be big and successful, various established groups (mostly on the right, though a lefty counterpart will march this weekend) are getting involved. But its genesis and enthusiasm are pure grassroots: a lot of people who’ve had enough, brought together by the power of the Web.

These aren’t the usual semiprofessional protesters who attend antiwar and pro-union marches. These are people with real jobs; most have never attended a protest march before. They represent a kind of energy that our politics hasn’t seen lately, and an influx of new activists.

Here’s a letter sent out by corporate lobbyist Dick Armey on March 10 (over a month ago):

FreedomWorks has been organizing many of these “tea parties” and we are listing the details on our website

If you visit the website, you can rsvp for an event near you, and you can download guidelines to organizing a tea party in your home town if there isn’t one being planned already.

Together we can send a shock wave through the country, with thousands of people in the streets, outside post offices, county courthouses and state capitol buildings. If we move together as one force, we can educate the public about what is happening to our country, and we can identify thousands of people who may want to get involved in FreedomWorks.

I wonder if Sandra Jacques will be attending. You remember her — she was the "single mom" from Iowa who asked George Bush about privatizing Social Security at an Iowa town hall in 2004:

‘I have a daughter at home. Her name is Wynter,” said Ms. Jaques, sitting a few feet from President Bush at the White House economic conference on Thursday. ”I want to make sure that she has Social Security when she retires as well.”

Mr. Bush chimed in a moment later. ”One of my visions of personal savings accounts is that Sandy will be able to pass her account on to Wynter as part of Wynter’s capacity to retire as well.”

Sandy left out the part about being the Iowa state regional director for FreedomWorks: "Her path to the stage was engineered by another advocate for private accounts, Leanne Abdnor, who previously organized a business coalition in Washington called the Alliance for Worker Retirement Security."

Note to the teabaggers: don’t confuse "astroturf" with "grassroots."

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