Skip to comments.KY-Sen. 2010: DeMint Declares for Paul (Southern Avenger)
Posted on 05/14/2010 12:52:46 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
Few were surprised this week when Jim DeMint endorsed Rand Paul in his bid for US Senate in Kentucky. That the man many consider the most conservative member of the Senate endorsed the son of the man many consider the most conservative member of Congress is indicative of DeMints genuine commitment to what most consider traditional Republican principles. Likewise, that GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell so vehemently opposes Paul and has so enthusiastically endorsed his opponent is indicative of his commitment to the Republican status quo-at the expense of genuine conservatism.
Rand Paul has gone from relative obscurity to a serious contender for the US Senate because he has articulated a sound, common sense conservative message at an uncommon time. There is a genuine, rising fear about runaway spending and debt today, and whereas Republicans in the past have been able to convince voters they loved guns or loathed gays enough for constituents to ignore their big government records, the current Tea Party-influenced political environment seems to be, finally, a rejection of that never-ending cycle. The Tea Party folks in Kentucky and those who sympathize with them, see supporting Paul as a chance to tell Washington theyre not going to take it anymore. The problem is the Republican establishment wants these voters to keep taking it.
DeMint, to his conservative credit, has been taking action. Writes Marc Theissen of the Washington Post: (DeMint) is interested in helping underdog conservatives get a chance in the primaries against the hand-picked candidates of the establishment. As a calculated and practical matter, DeMint reserved his endorsement until McConnell gave his endorsement to Pauls opponent, Trey Grayson. The American Conservative correctly identified the divide: Its a fight between the party elite and the populist grassroots, and it has deep significance.
A deep significance indeed. For nearly a decade, the Republican Party was wrecked by the big spending, war-loving neoconservatives who ran the Bush administration, most of whom have never changed their tune on statism or foreign policy and are anxious for rank-and-file conservatives to love them again, just like before-without question. A Senator Paul could be an enduring and troublesome, big, fat question mark, the GOP brass knows it, and opposes him accordingly. The GOP of George W. Bush was first and foremost a war party and Pauls deviation from the neoconservatives on foreign policy, similar to that of his father, is what seems to trouble the establishment most, even if they dont come right out and say it. The American Conservative noted the distinction in analyzing Dick Cheneys endorsement of Pauls opponent, Trey Grayson: In his endorsement, Cheney said it is clear to me that Grayson is right on the issues that matter-both on fiscal responsibility and on national security, but its no secret where the former VPs interest lies. Dating to his days in the Ford administration, Cheney has always put concentrating power in the executive branch and a bellicose foreign policy first on his agenda. Liberal Republican Rudy Giuliani who pretended to be a conservative during the 2008 presidential primaries by promising to bomb more countries and torture more people than his opponents, has also endorsed Grayson for what most would assume are the same foreign policy reasons.
Whats interesting is that DeMint, by and large, does not share Pauls foreign policy views, yet does not consider Paul beyond the pale and considers him preferable to Grayson, much unlike McConnell, Cheney and Giuliani. In his book Saving Freedom: We Can Stop Americas Slide into Socialism, DeMint warns against the dangers of big government by explaining, our greatest enemy is not a foreign government or even a terrorist group. Neocons Cheney and Giuliani would never utter such a thing and McConnell probably wouldnt either, and yet DeMint sees big government as a top priority despite any foreign policy disagreements with Paul-while the old Republican guard still sees foreign policy as the only priority from which there can be no disagreement. The war party, indeed.
And its not just the politicians. The mainstream conservative media ignores or holds Paul at arms length just as much as the Republican establishment mostly because those media figures are little more than GOP spokesman. For example, Paul has been endorsed by frequent Sean Hannity guest Steve Forbes, former governor Sarah Palin, the senator Paul is seeking to replace, Republican Jim Bunning, evangelical leader James Dobson and now conservative hero DeMint-yet he is still ignored. If Sarah Palin takes Todd, Trig and the grandkids to the Waffle House, Hannity is ready to do a multi-part TV series about it-and yet when she endorses a popular Tea Party candidate waging a heroic, underdog campaign, its as if the Kentucky senate race doesnt even exist. We already know McConnell, Cheney and Giuliani wish Paul didnt exist, and in his silence we must believe Hannity shares their sentiment-and for the same reasons.
Thankfully Jim DeMint disagrees, who said this week Im endorsing Rand Paul because hes a true conservative who will stand up to the Washington establishment. A Senator Paul would be a great tag team partner for DeMint and if conservatives are lucky, Rand might even rub off on Jim a little concerning foreign policy-giving the Washington establishment a fight they certainly dont want and wont soon forget.
Its also time for McConnel to go.
Bbbbbbbbbut, Sarah Palin endorsed Rand Paul (even before DeMint). According to your twisted logic (or lack thereof),Rand Paul must be a RINO!
DeMint is right. We need to stop letting small disagreements force us into the hands of soft big Government Republicans. I’m convinced Rand Paul would do everything in his power as Senator to protect our country from enemies foreign and domestic. The choice isn’t between liberty and security. Those who would make it that are just as big of a problem as those that wish to destroy us.
Sarah isn’t always right neither is DeMint. He suggested Jeb Bush would be the best candidate for President. I’ve screwed up more than once myself because I got caught up with something before I researched it or thought it through. We may not always agree but I support Sarah and Demint because they don’t retreat from conservatism as if it is a kind of unfortunate plague.
Conservatives need to prioritize issues and right now I don’t believe anything is more of a priority than chopping away at Big Government.
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Jim is running for reelection this November. If you like his philosophy, consider tossing him some bucks.
Kicking ass and taking names, as usual.
And remember, the 'criteria' was established by the same group that believes Ron Paul can actually win the presidency.
DeMint isn't perfect and neither is Sarah. In fact, there isn't a single politician who IS- and that includes RINO endorsements. Anyone who believes so is fooling himself and not living in reality.
Jim DeMint sure has shown political courage. I don’t always agree with him, but I still think we need a few more like him.
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