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From The Hill:
One of the leaders of the Tea Party movement warned Sunday that Republicans could face as big of an electoral backlash as Democrats if they don’t “get some courage.”
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), now the chairman of Freedomworks, a major backer of the Tea Party movement, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the modern Republican Party’s lack of courage is a “big reason” for widespread frustration with both Democrats and Republicans.
Armey cited the GOP’s distance from a controversial budget plan authored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as a prime example of what is behind the grass-roots uprising known as the Tea Party movement, and how that movement could spell trouble for both parties come November.
But Ryan’s plan has been slow to pick up steam, as GOP leaders have kept their distance and only 13 Republicans in total have signed on as cosponsors.
“The fact that he has only 13 cosponsors is a big reason why our folks are agitated against the Republicans as well as the Democrats,” said Armey, who called Ryan “probably the most creative-thinking and most courageous guy in Washington.”
“The difference between being a cosponsor of Ryan and not is a thing called courage,” Armey said. “And we have watched American public policy dominated by Democrats that don’t care and Republicans that don’t dare for a long time.”
Can I get an Amen? The Republicans need to stop their long-held pattern of caving into political grandstanding by the Democrats and focus on what’s doing right for America. It’s nice to see that at least a few Republicans “get it.”