Skip to comments.Jim DeMint's Lonely Quest
Posted on 07/14/2009 12:56:26 PM PDT by pissant
In his first decade in Congress, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) sought to convert his colleagues to his conservative beliefs through "gentle persuasion" and the sort of go-along-to-get-along collegiality that dominates Capitol Hill.
"I've found no one listens," DeMint said of his old approach during a recent interview with the Fix as part of our "Rising" series. "My role in the Senate is to come up with the right ideas and take them directly to the American people."
The leading edge of the more combative DeMint can be found in his new book -- titled "Saving Freedom" -- in which the South Carolina Republican castigates his Republican colleagues for "betraying the trust of the American people," and abandoning their core conservative principles in favor of "Democrat-lite" policies.
"I will go after Democrats and I will shame Republicans," promised DeMint.
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Hunter/DeMint 2012. Palin Sec of Energy.
Palin/DeMint 2012. Hunter Sec of Defense.
Anyone but “Zero” in 2012....
The most important job of President is CIC. Hunter is the best, bar none.
No, not anyone. Anyone who is a real conservative, perhaps.
You have a point.
DeMint is a great senator and would be superb on any ticket. So would Sarah Palin.
“The most important job of President is CIC. Hunter is the best, bar none.”
Amen to that!
Washington DC is playing out like Jerusalem in Chronicles I & II. Amid debauchery and corruption, a few prophets call for a return to common sense ways that work and obedience to God. They are ridiculed or worse, ignored.
See if you can guess what happens eventually.
I would love to see Demint run.
“Hunter/DeMint 2012. Palin Sec of Energy.
I like that lineup, along with John Bolton, SecState; and a retired Gen. Patreaus as SecDef.
Demint is no better at oration than Hunter. In fact he’s not as good. Hunter picked Huck instead of Mitt or McCain. He had no good choices, just as we didn’t.
Wouldn’t be surprised to see Sanford back in the thick of things by then, along with Palin.
I think I’d leave Petraeus in charge of Centcom and bring Tommy Franks in as SecDef.
I just can’t help but wistfully think how different today would be if, back on the VA Senate campaign trail, that fateful word “Macaca” had never been uttered.
I’m thinking he’s seriously thinking about it.
“Wouldnt be surprised to see Sanford back in the thick of things by then, along with Palin.”
Sanford’s toast. He knowingly betrayed his state’s and his wife’s trust. WAY too much of a risk.
It wasn’t the word, it was his groveling afterwards that killed him.
It was clear that Huckabee could never raise the funds necessary to compete effectively and, had Mitt Romney led the ticket to defeat in 2008, we wouldn't be seeing him as a contender in 2012.
Yeah, I know it is 20-20 hindsight, but I still can't think of anytime when it is wise politics to beat up on the distant second runner-up when the clear front runner is so much worse. For all his flaws, Mitt at least tried to warn us about McCain.
Nugent - SECSTATE?
What could Dick Marcinko do?
"I've found no one listens," DeMint said ...
I've mused here and elsewhere that giving Congress the silent treatment would positively unnerve them. No more angry calls, no calls of support. "No one listens" is exactly right. Money talks, bullshit walks.
Three years is simply just not enough time to forgive and forget such a betrayal on a presidential ticket.
Not to mention...the guy is a bore...I find nothing “inspiring” about him...even when he speaks publically he bores me.
Just so you know, Senator DeMint also has nice things to say about RINO Mitt Romney. When too many actual conservatives continue to support RINO Mitt Romney as well as continue to support many other RINOs, at each and every political level, then I will continue to be profoundly concerned about the long-term future of “U.S. conservatism”! I, also, seriously doubt that Sarah Palin is going to endorse any of Senator McCain’s conservative ‘10 GOP Primary opponents for McCain’s U.S. Senate seat.
Huckabee was the natural choice for Hunter over the others. Even though he was obviously flawed. He adopted Hunter’s policy on re-industrialization, deporting illegals, and telling China to stuff it. How sincere was/is Huck on those? We’ll find out, cause I’m betting he runs again.
But I know I trust Huck about as much as I do Mitt and McCain. I will be quite happy if they do not run again.
I’ll be elated if the choices are Palin, Hunter, DeMint, and Pence.
Both Mitt and Huck can argue that they were second runner-up, although I think Mitt has the better case since he was clearly #2 to McCain in delegates and votes when he dropped out and Huck couldn't even close the gap in votes with more than a solid month as the sole alternative to McCain.
(Yeah, I'm not counting Ron Paul, because I don't think he was ever a serious candidate).
I think both Jindal and Cantor come across as wimps. Especially Cantor, especially when he was pushing the first Crap Sandwich bailout.
Hunter has more knowledge and wisdom of geopolitics and military matters than a dozen of each. But either will make a fine VP under Hunter’s tutelage.
I think America would go for a bore who is not a rockstar like Obama /s, and who is competent. I think Americans will be desperately looking for competence in the next election.
The Hucksters is such a panderer.
“”I will go after Democrats and I will shame Republicans,” promised DeMint.”
That’s right. No more Mr. Niceguy, and that should be the attitude from each and every representative with an ‘R’ beside his/her name, or get the “H” out of the Party and go bugger off to the Leftist Dems where they belong.
There is no such thing as reaching across the aisle to the Democrats unless there’s a two by four in that hand to smack some sense if possible into the Leftist head.
There is no such a thing as negotiating with a Leftist/Democrat as they lie like “H”, therefore no point in doing so when one cannot trust anything the bastards say.
The only good Leftist is one that is out of office, and out of sight with their mouths taped shut.
Kick all Leftist RINO’s out of the Republican Party, and unify on a Conservative platform...that is all.
No worse than the other ‘leading’ candidates last time.
A great great man.
CHANGE BACK IN 2012.
I hear ya....I agree...but unfortunately, Sanford, IMHO, is not the one to lead the charge against the country-destroying libtards...he blew his credibility with this whirlwind affair, betraying his wife and the citizens of SC. I just don’t think he’ll get a pass. ... not that he should, but I just don’t think he will.
Too bad W didn’t come to the same conclusion. The Dems insist that we play by our moral rules, to the letter, yet they freely violate all rules and mock us for being so stupid as to listen to them. We all must come to the same conclusion as DeMint.
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