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DeMint book reveals widening GOP divide
Miami Herald ^ | July 3, 2011 | James Rosen

Posted on 07/03/2011 3:25:38 PM PDT by upchuck

[Note: This is a companion to an earlier thread about Jim DeMint's new book]

Sen. Jim DeMint, a conservative kingmaker who spent millions of dollars helping tea party favorites get elected to Congress, faced contempt from other Republican senators as he tried to curb appropriators' powers and limit senior members' clout.

In his new book, "The Great American Awakening," DeMint describes himself as an upstart freshman lawmaker on a lonely mission among "sorry rascals" infuriated by his bucking of venerable Senate practices in his bid to cut federal spending and limit colleagues' ability to fund local projects.

In one of many confrontations with GOP peers, Sen. Arlen Specter reacted angrily in May 2009 when DeMint told him in a private chamber off the Senate floor that he would be backing former Rep. Pat Toomey's challenge of Specter in Pennsylvania's Republican primary.

In the closed-rank circles of Washington politics, it's unheard of for a senator to back a challenger against an incumbent from the same party. But DeMint deemed Toomey to be a more reliable conservative than Specter.

"He barely made eye contact, but I continued," DeMint wrote in the book. "'I value your friendship.' He cut me off and said, 'I've heard enough,' then stood up and walked away. I sat there for a few minutes staring at the floor, feeling sick and guilty."

Specter bolted the Republican Party, ran as a Democrat and lost to Toomey - who now belongs to "a team of conservatives," five new senators indebted to DeMint and helping him rattle cages louder with their hard-line views and tactics.

The encounter with Specter is among many vivid behind-the-scenes GOP clashes after the 2008 elections that DeMint details.

(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: arlenspecter; demint; jimdemint; pages; pattoomey; pennsylvania; southcarolina
Check out the article. It's a good, fairly nonpartisan review of the book. Lots of details.
1 posted on 07/03/2011 3:25:40 PM PDT by upchuck
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To: 506Lake; alrea; Amanda King; americanophile; Babsig; be-baw; Canticle_of_Deborah; Cheap_Hessian; ...
More good info on Jim's new book.


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2 posted on 07/03/2011 3:27:12 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: upchuck
But DeMint deemed Toomey to be a more reliable conservative than Specter.

The fact that DeMint would even put the word "conservative" into the same sentence with Sphincter tells me everything I need to know.

3 posted on 07/03/2011 3:27:21 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." - Bertrand de Jouvenel des Ursins)
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To: upchuck

I will check out the article, but if I were Specter I’d have heard enough when DeMint launched into the valuing-your-friendship bit too.


4 posted on 07/03/2011 3:28:58 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

FWIW, that’s not a quote from the book. It’s something James Rosen wrote.

I’ve not read the book, so I don’t know what Jim wrote. Do you?


5 posted on 07/03/2011 3:31:06 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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To: 9YearLurker
That's one of the biggest problems in Washington. These guys are all buddies, even with the guys who would be happy to see the government strip us of all rights and wealth like Teddy Kennedy, Harry Reid, and Chucky Schumer.

Their priorities run: 1) themselves, 2) their colleagues, 3) their constituents. DeMint is one of the good guys, but it's somewhat disturbing he thought of Arlen Specter as his friend. Specter is no one’s friend.

6 posted on 07/03/2011 3:36:14 PM PDT by Big E
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To: Big E

I took it as insincere drivel, which is equally disconcerting.


7 posted on 07/03/2011 3:38:02 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: upchuck
How Specter, Hatch, Bennett, Lugar, Snowe, etc, etc....could / can ever look us in the eye...is treasonous.

Of course...that's just my opinion.

8 posted on 07/03/2011 3:43:53 PM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: 9YearLurker

[I will check out the article, but if I were Specter I’d have heard enough when DeMint launched into the valuing-your-friendship bit too.]

How often have I heard the “let’s be friends” line from women I once dated.


9 posted on 07/03/2011 3:46:55 PM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: FastCoyote

Exactly!


10 posted on 07/03/2011 3:51:36 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: upchuck

The old union organizing song comes back to mind -

“Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?”


11 posted on 07/03/2011 4:16:33 PM PDT by don-o (Please say a prayer for FReeper Just Lori. RIP)
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To: upchuck

I will look to buy his book from him or his website and hope to buy an autographed copy!

BTTT!


12 posted on 07/03/2011 4:30:44 PM PDT by onyx (If you enjoy FR, support it! If you support Sarah Palin & want on her Busy Ping List, let me know.)
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To: upchuck

We have a three party system, true Republicans, RINOs, and Marxist Democrats.


13 posted on 07/03/2011 5:05:32 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Big E

Specter was a dependable vote...Every time he was really needed, I was on the other team.


14 posted on 07/03/2011 5:18:33 PM PDT by pointsal
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Thanks upchuck.

The Great American Awakening: Two Years that Changed America, Washington, and Me The Great American Awakening:
Two Years that Changed America,
Washington, and Me


by Senator Jim DeMint

Kindle Edition


15 posted on 07/03/2011 5:44:46 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's the Obamacare, stupid! -- Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: upchuck
The U.S. Senate remains a vast barren moral wasteland.


16 posted on 07/03/2011 5:49:26 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (We the People, acting in principle. It's the only hope for our free republic.)
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To: upchuck

Thanks for posting the review.


17 posted on 07/03/2011 9:05:24 PM PDT by apocalypto
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To: apocalypto

You’re welcome.


18 posted on 07/03/2011 9:06:55 PM PDT by upchuck (Think you know hardship? Ha! Wait till the dollar is no longer the world's reserve currency.)
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