Quote of the day
"Dobson and his gang of thugs are real nasty bullies. I pray devoutly every day, but being a Christian is no excuse for being stupid. There is a high demagoguery coefficient to issues like prayer in schools... These issues are intellectually lazy and can appeal to a large demographic."
Who could have said such a thing? It must have been a High Tax Liberal Politician We Can't Trust. No? Perhaps an anti-Christian bigot? Guess again, it's former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey, quoted in Ryan Sager's book The Elephant in the Room. NYTimes today has an article about the "blame game" between Republicans over their upcoming losses in November.
Apparently Armey has sparred with Dobson in the past:
According to Armey, he also sparred with Focus on the Family leader James Dobson while in office. Armey wrote, "As Majority Leader, I remember vividly a meeting with the House leadership where Dobson scolded us for having failed to 'deliver' for Christian conservatives, that we owed our majority to him, and that he had the power to take our jobs back. This offended me, and I told him so." Armey claims that Focus on the Family targeted him politically after the incident, writing, "... Focus on the Family deliberately perpetuates the lie that I am a consultant to the ACLU."