Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, leader of the conservative grassroots (or Astro-turf, depending on how you look at these things) organization Freedom Works, is hitting the road. His goal: to stretch the electoral map for American conservatism, and to keep up the momentum that's been generated this year behind his cause.
The New York Times Magazine recently chronicled a swing through North Carolina, and, over the next few days, Armey will be traveling to more states, meeting up with conservative activists and holding Freedom Works rallies in New York, Connecticut, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.
Armey spends most of his time at his 89-acre ranch north of Dallas, Texas (in today's Washington Post, Armey is quoted as he's petting a goat), but, according to a Freedom Works staffer, his travels have picked up over the past few months.
The group--and Armey--have attained some newfound power and importance this year as conservative grassroots energy has mounted. Freedom Works is one of the principle groups that helps organize the Tea Party protests, driving turnout among its own members and helping activists connect and network with other interested individuals and smaller Tea-Party organizations.