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Jim DeMint's Lonely Quest
Wash Post ^ | 7/14/09 | Chris Cinzilla

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.

No more.

"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.

(Excerpt) Read more at voices.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism
KEYWORDS: jimdemint
"I will go after Democrats and I will shame Republicans," promised DeMint.

Hunter/DeMint 2012.

1 posted on 07/14/2009 12:56:26 PM PDT by pissant
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To: pissant

Palin/DeMint 2012!


2 posted on 07/14/2009 12:57:58 PM PDT by avacado
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To: avacado

Hunter/DeMint 2012. Palin Sec of Energy.


3 posted on 07/14/2009 12:58:39 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

Palin/DeMint 2012. Hunter Sec of Defense.


4 posted on 07/14/2009 1:00:08 PM PDT by avacado
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To: pissant

Anyone but “Zero” in 2012....


5 posted on 07/14/2009 1:00:40 PM PDT by mikelets456
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To: avacado

The most important job of President is CIC. Hunter is the best, bar none.


6 posted on 07/14/2009 1:01:26 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: mikelets456

No, not anyone. Anyone who is a real conservative, perhaps.


7 posted on 07/14/2009 1:02:25 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

You have a point.


8 posted on 07/14/2009 1:04:38 PM PDT by avacado
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To: pissant
I liked Duncan Hunter from the beginning of the 2008 campaign. But let's face it: He ran a terrible campaign and did himself no favors by endorsing the Judas Goat Huckabee.

DeMint is a great senator and would be superb on any ticket. So would Sarah Palin.

9 posted on 07/14/2009 1:07:40 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: pissant

“The most important job of President is CIC. Hunter is the best, bar none.”

Amen to that!


10 posted on 07/14/2009 1:08:18 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: pissant

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.


11 posted on 07/14/2009 1:08:43 PM PDT by henkster (A "Living Constitution" yields a Dead Republic)
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To: pissant

I would love to see Demint run.


12 posted on 07/14/2009 1:09:28 PM PDT by exist
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To: pissant

“Hunter/DeMint 2012. Palin Sec of Energy.

I like that lineup, along with John Bolton, SecState; and a retired Gen. Patreaus as SecDef.


13 posted on 07/14/2009 1:10:11 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


14 posted on 07/14/2009 1:10:15 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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Wouldn’t be surprised to see Sanford back in the thick of things by then, along with Palin.


15 posted on 07/14/2009 1:11:51 PM PDT by villagerjoel (1. Implement socialist policies 2. ??? 3. Heaven on earth)
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To: ScottinVA

I think I’d leave Petraeus in charge of Centcom and bring Tommy Franks in as SecDef.


16 posted on 07/14/2009 1:12:05 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

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.


17 posted on 07/14/2009 1:12:22 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: exist

I’m thinking he’s seriously thinking about it.


18 posted on 07/14/2009 1:12:36 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: mikelets456

Agreed.


19 posted on 07/14/2009 1:14:02 PM PDT by St. Louis Conservative
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To: villagerjoel

“Wouldn’t 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.


20 posted on 07/14/2009 1:14:19 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: ScottinVA

It wasn’t the word, it was his groveling afterwards that killed him.


21 posted on 07/14/2009 1:15:11 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant
Agreed, but I think the right choice would have been to either offer no endorsement or endorse Mitt in hopes that he could narrow the gap enough for somebody else to get in the race. McCain was the clear front-runner after New Hampshire and pretty much locked things up by South Carolina.

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.

22 posted on 07/14/2009 1:19:53 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: avacado

Nugent - SECSTATE?

What could Dick Marcinko do?


23 posted on 07/14/2009 1:21:44 PM PDT by wastedyears (The Tree is thirsty and the hogs are hungry.)
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To: pissant; avacado
Saving Freedom

Sounds like a book worth buying.
24 posted on 07/14/2009 1:22:08 PM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: pissant
"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.

25 posted on 07/14/2009 1:23:02 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: ScottinVA
Sanford would be wise to disappear from politics for at least two years, show he has really repented and maybe comeback to challenge prissy Lindsay Graham for the senate seat in five years.

Three years is simply just not enough time to forgive and forget such a betrayal on a presidential ticket.

26 posted on 07/14/2009 1:23:04 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: ScottinVA

Not to mention...the guy is a bore...I find nothing “inspiring” about him...even when he speaks publically he bores me.


27 posted on 07/14/2009 1:24:22 PM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: pissant

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.


28 posted on 07/14/2009 1:24:50 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: Vigilanteman

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.


29 posted on 07/14/2009 1:25:03 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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CLICKIT





30 posted on 07/14/2009 1:29:59 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (BG x 2 (and a heartbeat was heard today....))
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To: avacado
Whether anyone within his party -- particularly its leaders like former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty -- buys what DeMint is selling remains to be seen.

I know that's the article's author speaking, not DeMint, but "leaders"? Gov. Greenjeans Pawlenty's a non-starter. And as for Romney, of course he'll buy it if it suits his purposes. Doesn't mean he'll believe it.
31 posted on 07/14/2009 1:34:04 PM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: pissant
I could add others to your list like Bobby Jindal and Eric Cantor, but I would prefer not to see the pack to crowded or we'll end up with the guy whose turn it is.

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).

32 posted on 07/14/2009 1:37:32 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Vigilanteman

I think both Jindal and Cantor come across as wimps. Especially Cantor, especially when he was pushing the first Crap Sandwich bailout.


33 posted on 07/14/2009 1:40:31 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: pissant

DeMint/Pence 2012.


34 posted on 07/14/2009 1:46:14 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: SharpRightTurn

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.


35 posted on 07/14/2009 1:49:29 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: Mean Maryjean
Not to mention...the guy is a bore...I find nothing “inspiring” about him...even when he speaks publically he bores me.

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.

36 posted on 07/14/2009 2:10:24 PM PDT by TheThinker
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To: pissant

The Hucksters is such a panderer.


37 posted on 07/14/2009 2:11:12 PM PDT by TheThinker
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To: pissant

“”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.


38 posted on 07/14/2009 2:13:27 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: pissant

DeMint/Pence 2012


39 posted on 07/14/2009 2:13:45 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: TheThinker

No worse than the other ‘leading’ candidates last time.


40 posted on 07/14/2009 2:18:04 PM PDT by pissant (THE Conservative party: www.falconparty.com)
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To: rockinqsranch

Damn straight.


41 posted on 07/14/2009 3:01:06 PM PDT by manic4organic (We Are S0 Screwed)
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To: pissant

A great great man.


42 posted on 07/14/2009 3:02:13 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: pissant; avacado; mikelets456; Vigilanteman; ScottinVA; henkster; exist; villagerjoel; ...
Anyone but “Zero” in 2012....

CHANGE BACK IN 2012.

43 posted on 07/14/2009 4:12:48 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: TheThinker

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.


44 posted on 07/14/2009 5:07:54 PM PDT by nfldgirl
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To: pissant

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.


45 posted on 07/15/2009 4:02:29 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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