A member of the audience passed a question to the moderator, who read it to Armey: How can the Federalist Papers be an inspiration for the tea party, when their principal author, Alexander Hamilton, "was widely regarded then and now as an advocate of a strong central government"?
Historian Armey was flummoxed by this new information. "Widely regarded by whom?" he challenged, suspiciously. "Today's modern ill-informed political science professors? . . . I just doubt that was the case in fact about Hamilton."This from Jon Bernstein, who nicely illustrates the not-so-states-rightsy predilections of the authors of the Federalist Papers. Of course, what's the point? Either Armey has no idea what the Federalist Papers say, or he just likes grabbing the arms of political scientists and smacking them in their faces and asking "Why are you hitting yourself? Why are you hitting yourself?" Both may be true.