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April 21, 2014

Time-Traveling Tea Party

FreedomWorks is trying to turn back time.

The conservative advocacy group sent a letter to Speaker John A. Boehner last week, lambasting him for ousting four tea-party-aligned lawmakers from powerful committees.

But the letter was dated Dec. 5, 2011. Because, really, wasn’t 2011 better?

Time Traveling Tea Party

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This time last year, FreedomWorks still had a prestigious chairman, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey. (He resigned two weeks ago in the wake of a row with FreedomWorks CEO Matt Kibbe.) And the group’s ultra-conservative friends on Capitol Hill were still riding high after scoring at least a few points during negotiations over the debt ceiling.

Now, Kibbe is fending off allegations that he used donor money to promote his book and hid the source of more than $12 million in contributions from the departed chairman. Meanwhile, high-level staffers have followed Armey to the exit.

So, if there was any doubt the FreedomWorks headquarters was distracted last week, well … just saying.

Or maybe it was tea party dreaming, noted FreedomWorks spokeswoman Jackie Bodnar.

“Must have been a typo,” she said in an email to HOH. “Or maybe it was wishful thinking since the debt was about $1.5 trillion lower around this time in 2011 than it is currently.”

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