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?
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.”