Skip to comments.DeMint book reveals widening GOP divide
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.
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The fact that DeMint would even put the word "conservative" into the same sentence with Sphincter tells me everything I need to know.
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.
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?
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.
I took it as insincere drivel, which is equally disconcerting.
Of course...that's just my opinion.
[I will check out the article, but if I were Specter Id 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.
The old union organizing song comes back to mind -
“Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?”
I will look to buy his book from him or his website and hope to buy an autographed copy!
We have a three party system, true Republicans, RINOs, and Marxist Democrats.
Specter was a dependable vote...Every time he was really needed, I was on the other team.
The Great American Awakening:
Two Years that Changed America,
Washington, and Me
by Senator Jim DeMint
Thanks for posting the review.