It wasn’t supposed to end this way. Dick Armey — UNT professor, Dallas Congressman, House Majority Leader — was for three golden years the commander-in-chief of the largest conservative insurgency in modern political history. As the public face of FreedomWorks, he stoked the fires that led to 750 protests across the country on Tax Day, 2009, and gave America the Tea Party. Then just before the 2012 election he believed would be the capstone of his career, he was thrown out in an office coup, smoothed by a donor’s gift of a $400,000-a-year payout.
As Luke Mullins reports in this month’s Washingtonian, today he sits in his ranch home near Denton, nourishing his resentments and telling his story.