Dick Armey's bitch slap of James Dobson finally gets pasted on page one of the New York Frickin' Times. (Friday's issue)
To avoid Times Select, here's the skinny from Blue Bayou at the Houston Chronicle, emphasis mine:
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."
Rep. Mark Souder of Indiana commented on Armey's statement:
So why would Armey lash out? One theory Souder advanced is that his former leader hadn't really been committed to the social-conservative agenda.
"I heard him talk about his faith, and I heard him talk about these issues, and I have a tough time reconciling how he wanted to do things for the Christian conservative movement with turning around and calling us 'thugs,' " Souder said.
Oh, I don't know, he read a Bible and looked at the actions of groups like Focus on the Family and saw a bit of a disconnect?
Repubs "not really committed" to the social-conservative agenda. Ya know, the D for "duh" file gets thicker every single day.