Dick Armey apparently doesn't care for Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's satire on their shows, since he attacked them during the roundtable discussion on ABC's This Week. Here's Armey projecting his own bad behavior onto Stewart and Colbert.
It sure is funny to hear Dick Armey worry about civility. This is the same man who:
-- Told Joan Walsh: "I'm so glad that you could never be my wife because I surely wouldn't have to listen to that prattle from you every day".
-- Organized right wing hooligans to interrupt town hall meetings during the health care debate.
What a guy.
Here he is Sunday:
AMANPOUR: Let me go to Dick Armey, who is joining us from New Orleans. Dick Armey, thank you for joining us. You obviously a big supporter and organizer of the Tea Party. Do you think that there's anything wrong with common sense and civility? Because a lot of people have said that the Tea Party is really helping the extreme end of the spectrum.
ARMEY: No, obviously we need civility. I agree with George Will. You don't be confused between having sharp and sincere differences of opinion and being civil with one another.
I thought yesterday was a fun day. I was quite amused at watching these very important national comics stand up and decry with such sincerity that which they do every day on their shows. And, you know, I said -- I thought it was so remarkable, I want you all in America to quit acting like we do on our show every night with our militant vilification of everybody with whom we have a disagreement.
HUFFINGTON: Actually, Dick, I don't know when was the last time you watched the show, but that's precisely what they are not doing. And I would highly recommend -- I'll send you a reel of their last good shows just to see how they don't do that.
What they vilified in a civil, reasonable way, was the fact that the media have stopped being what they call -- what Jon Stewart calls the unity of our democracy, and that is something that goes back to Jefferson. That fact that
HUFFINGTON: One second, Dick. What we choose to do with our magnifying glass in the media matters. If we only magnify the extremism, that's going to be amplified.
AMANPOUR: Let me turn to Jon --
ARMEY: And I am so certain that makes all the sense in the world to you, Arianna. But the rest of us don't believe it.