Turks vs. bulls

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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.”

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