Turks vs. bulls
Outspoken former Rep. Dick Armey, Texas Republican, was back in Washington last week to urge a new crop of “young Turks” in the Republican Party to chal- lenge the “old bulls” and win back control of Capitol Hill.
“When Dick Armey talks about what went into building the Contract [with America] and a winning coalition, he mentions three parts: an unpopular president Bill Clinton, an unpopular plan [health care], and a positive alternative policy agenda. Armey often mentions how it was up to the ‘young Turks’ in the party to challenge the ‘old bulls’ to build the legislative agenda to regain the majority,” Adam Brandon, press secretary of FreedomWorks, explains to Inside the Beltway.
So on Nov. 14 and 15, the popular Mr. Armey and former Republican presidential candidate and publisher Steve Forbes, a member of the FreedomWorks board, gathered with what are being described to us as the “current crop of young Turks” — Sens. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Tom Coburn and James M. Inhofe, both of Oklahoma, and Reps. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, Mike Pence of Indiana, Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, Jeb Hensarling of Texas, John Campbell of California, Paul C. Broun of Georgia, Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Jeff Flake and John Shadegg of Arizona, and Patrick T. McHenry, Robin Hayes and Virginia Foxx of North Carolina.
The young Turks — former and current — discussed policy positions like health care, entitlement reform, taxes and spending, earmark reform and energy, “and tactics to rebuild the conservative brand,” Mr. Brandon says of the Omni Shoreham gaggle. “Armey expects that the next limited-government majority will come from this group.”