Skip to comments.Leading the charge for GOP insurgents
Posted on 05/03/2010 1:48:39 PM PDT by Maelstorm
Santa Barbara is about as far from Greenville, S.C., as you can get in the continental United States, but Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) cares more about principle than geography. He is leading a conservative insurgency across America. Speaking at the David Horowitz Freedom Center's annual retreat here late last month, DeMint told the faithful that if they want to return to the principles of limited government, they need to elect people who believe in limited government: "I came into the Senate with 55 Republicans, George W. Bush in the White House and large majorities of Republicans in the House, and we didn't do what we promised," he said. "We're not going to change the Senate until we change the people who are there."
His vehicle for change is the Senate Conservatives Fund. Most senators have "leadership PACs" -- incumbency machines they use to raise money for each other. DeMint, by contrast, is using his PAC to support conservative underdogs running against establishment Republicans. He got the idea in 2008 while making fundraising calls at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). Donors told him bluntly they would not give the GOP a dime until it returned to conservative principles. He began asking: What if there was a PAC that would give only to conservative candidates? The Senate Conservatives Fund was born. DeMint raised $1.3 million in 2009 and has set a goal of raising another $3 million in 2010 -- all of it going to insurgent candidates shunned by the GOP establishment.
His first endorsement was to support a primary bid against one of his then-Republican colleagues, Arlen Specter. DeMint backed former Rep. Pat Toomey (disclosure: I once worked for Toomey), and Specter soon switched parties to run as Democrat.
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What office is Michael Williams running for in 2010?
I love WaPo, they have literal Islamic sympathizers, affirmed Marxists, avowed terrorists and economy-strangling union members IN THE WHITE HOUSE and they call GOP Conservative candidates “insurgents”.
What a loser Commie rag.
So republicans are now INSURGENTS???
He was in the running to be appointed to Senate seat of Kay Baily Hutchinson but she failed to keep her word. I expect a strong primary challenge is coming her way next go round.
Kay Bailout won’t run for reelection in 2012.
HA HA! I love it!
Yeah they are. It doesn’t matter what they call us as long as we win. If we were going to win on a battle field of name calling we’d have lost hands down decades ago.