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  • Jim DeMint Urges Conservatives to Focus on Principles First, Candidates Second

    03/27/2011 2:46:21 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 46 replies
    hot air ^ | March 27, 2011 | Michael van der Galien
    Senator Jim DeMint urged conservatives in Iowa yesterday to “get it right this time” with a Republican presidential nominee. Before choosing a favorite, however, voters should first “identify the right principles,” or so he said. “I hope Iowa will not only be the first state to pick the right candidate… but also the first state to redirect our country to the principles that we want our candidate to carry,” he said. “Those principles that will restore the greatness, the freedom, the opportunity. … We must choose the right principles before we can choose the right candidate.” DeMint is right, of...
  • Sen. Paul Unveils 5-Year Budget Plan: Eliminates Four Federal Agencies

    03/17/2011 4:02:15 PM PDT · by Qbert · 76 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/17/2011 | Mary Bruce
    Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., unveiled today his five-year path to a balanced budget, leaving several federal agencies behind. Among the items on the cutting room floor are the Departments of Education, Energy, Commerce and Housing and Urban Development. “There’s a lot of things in here that everybody could agree to, Republicans and Democrats, but nobody’s leading on the president’s side and on our side we felt we needed to put this forward to get the debate started, at the very least,” the freshman Senator explained at a Capitol Hill press conference this afternoon. The proposal also calls for the repeal...
  • Sen. Jim DeMint talks Mitt Romney in 2012

    03/17/2011 9:57:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The State Column ^ | March 17, 2011
    South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint dipped his toe into the debate taking place concerning the 2012 Republican presidential election, offering his thoughts on former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. “One of the reasons I endorsed Romney [in 2008] is his attempts to make private health insurance available at affordable prices,” said Sen. Jim DeMint. Mr. Romney, who has received criticism from Republican leaders in recent weeks, seemed to find a supportive voice from the Republican U.S. Senator. Blaming Massachusetts Democrats, Mr. DeMint seemed to present Mr. Romney with a political strategy to address concerns over his support of the Massachusetts...
  • DeMint won't back Romney without repudiation of Mass. health law

    03/17/2011 12:13:09 PM PDT · by americanophile · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 17, 2011 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) "would never consider" endorsing Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president again in 2012 unless Romney repudiates the health reforms he sought as governor, a source close to DeMint said Thursday. A source close to the conservative icon emphasized that, despite comments to The Hill indicating that Romney shouldn't shoulder all the political blame for the Massachusetts healthcare plan, DeMint wouldn't endorse Romney again unless he admits the plan was mistaken. "It's obvious Jim was just trying to be nice to the guy he backed over McCain, as many conservatives did in 2008," the source said. "But...
  • House Republicans set to vote to defund National Public Radio completely

    03/17/2011 6:42:21 AM PDT · by bronxville · 19 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03-17-2011 | Mathew Boyle
    In wake of conservative James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas sting videos of National Public Radio (NPR) senior executives, House Republicans are set to vote Thursday to defund NPR completely. They’re expected to pass a bill that would pull all taxpayer money out of NPR, including the money that’s funneled through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The bill’s sponsor, Congressman Doug Lamborn, Michigan Republican, told The Daily Caller he thinks NPR will survive in a free market situation. But, even if it wouldn’t, he questions the need to fuel it with taxpayer money. “Certainly, it would survive,” Lamborn said. “They have...
  • Bachmann, Bolton and Cain Added to Rep. King's Conservative Iowa Conference (w/DeMint, Santorum

    02/22/2011 9:48:12 PM PST · by pissant · 22 replies
    RCP ^ | 2/22/11 | Erin McPike
    Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King announced an expanded list of speakers for a conservative conference he'll hold next month in Des Moines to underscore the nascent GOP nomination fight that will unfold in his state over the next year. South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will keynote the Conservative Principles Conference on March 26, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is scheduled to participate as well. Now King has added Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Ambassador John Bolton and Herman Cain, all of whom are exploring the 2012 race for the White House. The roster skews heavily to the most conservative...
  • Rep. Mike Pence, Sen. Jim DeMint Introduce Tax Relief Certainty Act

    02/15/2011 10:38:58 AM PST · by pissant · 9 replies
    The State Column ^ | 2/15/11 | staff
    Sen. Jim DeMint released the following statement: Today, U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (R-Indiana) and U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) introduced the Tax Relief Certainty Act, a bill that would permanently extend the current individual income tax rates, which will expire on January 1, 2013, and permanently repeal the death tax. “Uncertainty is the enemy of prosperity,” said Congressman Pence. “By enacting a two-year extension on current tax rates, Congress merely extended the uncertainty that has stifled our economic growth. To encourage growth and job creation, Congress should act now to make all previous tax rates permanent and passing the...
  • Possible Running Mates for Sarah Palin in 2012 Presidential Election

    02/13/2011 1:38:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 143 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! News Weekend Edition ^ | February 13, 2011 | William Browning
    The race for the 2012 Republican nomination for President is becoming more concrete. GOP candidates made their pitches to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Feb. 10-12 and a straw poll of attendees was taken. The Washington Post reports Rep. Ron Paul of Texas won the poll, with about 30 percent of the 3,742 ballots cast. The poll doesn't say much as not one candidate received more votes than the other. Some of the biggest news from the weekend came from former vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin and she didn't even attend the conference. Palin hired...
  • DeMint Surveys the Field, Praises Jeb

    02/07/2011 7:07:16 PM PST · by ejdrapes · 159 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 7, 2011 | Robert Costa
    DeMint Surveys the Field, Praises Jeb February 7, 2011 8:15 P.M. By Robert Costa Sen. Jim DeMint, the conservative star from South Carolina, is keeping a close eye on the emerging 2012 presidential field. New names, he observes, keep popping up. One of those, of course, is former Florida governor Jeb Bush. Rich, Kathryn, and John have all written about Bush’s appeal in recent days. DeMint, in an interview with National Review Online, calls Bush “one of the best” possible presidential contenders. “Maybe the person we are looking for has not stepped out yet; it could be a Rick Perry...
  • DeMint calls #hcr repeal effort a "waiver for all Americans."

    02/02/2011 3:40:46 PM PST · by pissant · 5 replies
    Twitter ^ | 2/2/11 | Amanda Carpenter
    RT @guypbenson: DeMint calls #hcr repeal effort a "waiver for all Americans."
  • DeMint leads S.C. — Huck runs strong

    02/02/2011 8:21:59 AM PST · by speciallybland · 28 replies
    Politico ^ | 02/01/2011 | Andy Barr
    Jim DeMint is well-positioned to win the presidential primary in his home state of South Carolina — but Mike Huckabee is poised to capitalize if DeMint stays out of the race. With DeMint in the race, the conservative senator captures 24 percent of the vote, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey, with Huckabee trailing at 20 percent. But with DeMint out of the picture, Huckabee leads with 26 percent of the vote, followed by Mitt Romney at 20 percent.
  • DeMint advisors: He might run in 2012 if there’s no “suitably conservative” candidate in the race

    01/27/2011 6:29:28 PM PST · by FTJM · 31 replies ^ | January 27, 2011 | AllahPundit
    My Christmas list this year: (3) New iPad with two, count ‘em, two cameras; (2) field-level tickets to the Pro Bowl, natch; (1) Palin/DeMint primary showdown. Winner gets the nomination, loser gets the keynote address at RINOcon. Let’s do this. But the ground may be shifting in DeMint-world, and several of his closest advisers and political confidantes are now telling CNN that he is at least open to a presidential bid if a suitably conservative candidate fails to emerge from the early and wide-open GOP field… “He hasn’t completely shut the door on running, and if there is a massive...
  • DeMint open to 2012 presidential bid, advisers say (If no suitable conservative arises)

    01/27/2011 10:56:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    CNN Political Ticker ^ | 01/27/2011 | Peter Hamby
    News that South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will travel to Iowa on March 26 to address a conservative forum organized by Rep. Steve King is sparking another round of chatter that DeMint might launch a dark horse bid for the White House in 2012. The Republican gadfly has been adamant in denying such intentions for more than a year – just Wednesday, he gave CNN's Wolf Blitzer a flat "No" when asked if he plans to seek his party's presidential nomination. But the ground may be shifting in DeMint-world, and several of his closest advisers and political confidantes are now...
  • DeMint Becomes Latest to Boycott CPAC

    01/21/2011 4:14:50 PM PST · by pissant · 21 replies
    PBS ^ | 1/21/11 | Terry Burlij
    Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., announced Friday he was skipping this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, siding with critics who feel the annual gathering of conservative activists has become too friendly with pro-gay and libertarian groups. "With leading conservative organizations not participating this year, Senator DeMint will not be attending. He hopes to attend a unified CPAC next year," DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton wrote in an e-mail to Ben Smith of Politico. The move comes after several high-profile conservative groups, including the Media Research Center, the Family Research Council and the Heritage Foundation decided not to participate in this year's event.
  • Conservatives propose $2.5 trillion in spending cuts (DeMint)

    01/20/2011 11:25:40 AM PST · by pissant · 33 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/20/11 | Mike Obrien
    House and Senate conservatives are pushing legislation to cut $2.5 trillion from the federal budget over 10 years. The chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) are planning companion bills to make steep cuts to the budget. The No. 2 House Republican, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), said he would support an up-or-down vote in the House on the proposal. "As promised, we will have an open process when it comes to spending bills," he said in a statement. "I look forward to these cuts and others being brought to the...
  • Omnibus Defeat Is a Victory for Reality

    12/17/2010 5:14:33 PM PST · by onyx · 13 replies
    NRO - The Corner ^ | December 17, 2010 1:24 P.M. | Sarah Palin
    I’m glad the Senate came to its senses and killed the omnibus spending monstrosity. That outrageous trillion-dollar pork buffet was an outright slap in the face to the American public’s expressed wishes in the last election. It was as if Congress was earning its historically low 13 percent approval rating before our very eyes. I applaud senators like Jim DeMint, John McCain, and others who fought this and stopped it. However, the very fact that some lawmakers on Capitol Hill thought such reckless spending was even remotely acceptable is disturbing. We’re facing trillion-dollar deficits and a record national debt, but some...
  • Scarborough Says 'Judge Not' . . . Then Calls Kyl And DeMint 'Un-Christlike'

    12/16/2010 4:12:31 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 55 replies · 1+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Mere moments after citing Matthew 7's instruction to "judge not, that ye be not judged," Joe Scarborough declared that Jon Kyl and Jim DeMint were "un-Christlike." Scarborough's strange self-contradiction came in the course of his diatribe against the two Republican senators for having criticized Harry Reid for threatening to keep the Senate in session through Christmas. View video after the jump.
  • 'All Hell' breaking loose in Senate over budget

    12/15/2010 6:35:08 AM PST · by FredJake · 77 replies ^ | 12/14/2010 | Joe Newby
    An unidentified GOP source told Fox News Tuesday that "All hell is breaking loose" in the Senate over a 1,924-page spending bill that includes 20,000 earmark requests. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) and Jim DeMint (R-SC) will likely demand the omnibus bill be read in its entirety on the Senate floor prior to a vote. Fox News reported the bill - described as "a total mess" - is intended to cover the rest of the current fiscal year. If passed, the bill would become law without any debate in the Senate. Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee,...
  • DeMint: Wait for Marco Rubio, Rand Paul before dealing on tax cuts

    12/10/2010 4:29:56 PM PST · by pissant · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/10/10 | Shane D'Aprile
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) urged his GOP Senate colleagues Friday to reject a deal on the extension of Bush-era tax cuts and wait until the incoming crop of GOP senators are sworn in to move forward. In an e-mail to supporters of his Senate Conservatives Fund, DeMint said waiting until the January arrival of many of the Senate Republicans, whom he helped elect this past cycle, would mean the GOP could "fight for a better deal." "I appreciate the efforts made by my party's leaders to negotiate this deal but I believe Americans deserve much better. This deal should be...
  • After tense midterms, DeMint and Cornyn agree to bury the hatchet

    12/11/2010 6:51:00 AM PST · by maggief · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 11, 2010 | Alexander Bolton
    The chairman of the Senate GOP’s campaign arm and Tea Party favorite Sen. Jim DeMint are pledging to work more closely together in the 2012 election cycle. DeMint and National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) say they want to avoid the tensions of 2010, when DeMint backed anti-establishment candidates who ended up defeating Cornyn-backed candidates in several Senate races. (snip) Cornyn, who was re-elected to a second term as NRSC chairman, has said he will stay away from trying to anoint winners in Senate Republican primaries, while DeMint has promised to consult more with Cornyn.
  • White House Reads Palin Least on Tax Cuts Deal

    12/08/2010 5:52:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 8, 2010 | Kimberly Schwandt
    The White House apparently follows Sarah Palin's writings and opinions on Twitter. Wednesday at a White House briefing, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs responded to a question about reaction to the Bush-era tax cut deal. He was asked if it seems off to them that Democrats are mad, but Republicans aren't and if that signals an imbalance to them that it wasn't exactly a compromise. "Well, I don't know if you guys get Sarah Palin's tweet, but it does not appear she likes this deal. I don't know where [Senator] Jim DeMint is at the current moment but it does not...
  • The Top 2012 Republican Fundraiser is?

    12/06/2010 10:16:17 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 9 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 12/6/2010 | Timothy Knight
    Money will not win the 2012 Republican Nomination battle for any potential candidate, but it will help them make their case for the general election later that year. It's true new media has a growing influence in the electorate, and in Conservative ranks, but when running against the human fundraiser, Barack Obama, the amount of dollars a candidate can counter-fundraise is absolutely crucial to victory. So who leads on the fundraising front in the 2012 GOP Presidential field? Jim DeMint.
  • Jim DeMint: Why I May Filibuster New START

    12/02/2010 3:25:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/02/2010 | Jim DeMint
    Many of us have been concerned that the START Treaty would weaken our national security, and recent revelations of previously undisclosed talks with Russia on missile defense and movement of Russian tactical nuclear warheads only raise more questions that must be answered. I’ve asked for the full negotiating records, as have been provided to the Senate on previous treaties, but the Obama administration has continually denied that request and promised that missile defense was never part of the negotiations with Russia. But we have now learned that the State Department did in fact meet with Russia to specifically discuss missile...
  • The Cristie Rules

    11/27/2010 12:11:18 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    Hugh ^ | November 26,2010 | Hugh Hewitt
    At almost every speaking event I have done post-election, a question will come from the audience: "What about Chris Christie?" The question usually carries with it an unspoken second part --"Wouldn't he make a great presidential candidate?" It is my practice to believe candidates like Christie and Jim DeMint when they say they are not running, but the deep affection for Christie throughout the land carries within it a message for all the people who are running or are thinking about it. Christie is striking a chord deep within a lot of people across the ideological spectrum. The approach he...
  • Sources: Cornyn Jabs at DeMint’s Interference in Primaries

    11/18/2010 7:02:31 PM PST · by ejdrapes · 62 replies
    Roll Call ^ | November 18, 2010 | John Stanton
    Sources: Cornyn Jabs at DeMint’s Interference in Primaries By John Stanton Roll Call Staff 52 minutes ago Sen. John Cornyn said during a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he expects colleagues to bring their concerns to him about candidates he recruits as National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman — and not to help mount challenges against them, Republicans familiar with the meeting said Thursday. Although not mentioned by name, the Republicans said the Texas lawmaker’s speech was clearly intended for the ears of Sen. Jim DeMint. The South Carolina Republican backed a number of conservative “outsider” candidates this year who won tough...
  • Senate Republicans back earmarks ban in voice vote

    11/16/2010 4:56:23 PM PST · by speciallybland · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/16/2010 | Scott Wong
    Seeking to move passed an intra-party squabble over earmarks, Senate Republicans on Tuesday night showed a united front and called on Democrats to join them in opposing the long-standing practice. During a closed-door caucus meeting, Republicans passed by voice vote a two-year moratorium on earmarks, identical to one approved by the House GOP earlier this year. They also approved a resolution sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky challenging their Democratic colleagues to enact an earmark ban of their own.
  • Murkowski: DeMint cost us majority

    11/16/2010 3:32:14 PM PST · by Qbert · 94 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/16/2010 | Manu Raju
    After ripping Sarah Palin, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski isn’t mincing words about another one of her high-profile GOP critics: South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint. “I think some of the Republicans in the Congress feel pretty strongly that he and his actions potentially cost us the majority by encouraging candidates that ended up not being electable,” Murkowski told POLITICO outside her Senate office. “And I think Delaware is a pretty good example of that, and I think there’re some folks that feel that DeMint’s actions didn’t necessarily help the Republican majority.” Murkowski suggested the South Carolina conservative and favorite of the...
  • Mitch McConnell caves, will support DeMint’s ban on earmarks

    11/16/2010 8:28:49 AM PST · by WebFocus · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/16/2010 | Allahpundit
    Last week he was “quietly campaigning” against it, today he’s suddenly seen the light. Why the change? Well, for starters, DeMint now thinks he has enough votes to pass the resolution in tomorrow’s caucus meeting. The last thing McConnell needs at the start of a new term is an embarrassing defeat, especially with Tom Coburn hint-hinting that earmark supporters should be primaried and with rumors forever swirling that DeMint might challenge McConnell for majority leader. (Indeed, DeMint’s already rushed out a statement congratulating McConnell for his “bold leadership.”) Beyond that, though, I think his hand was forced this weekend when...
  • The Best Conservative Administation for Restoring America

    11/13/2010 6:09:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Nolan Chart ^ | November 12, 2010 | Toby Calvert-Lee
    President: Sarah Palin-- She has the guts, the speaking abilities, and the American values necessary to unite the nation. She could tie togethor Conservatives and Libertarians, creating a tea party charged candidacy and, eventually, presidency. VP: Jim DeMint-- Senator tea party. He is the guy to bring the tea party and southern America solidly behind this Conservative administration. Sec. of State: John McCain--Although Conservatives and Libertarians generally are not big fans of McCain, he has good foreign policy experience, and I believe would be a good representative of America abroad (however, many of his domestic and economic policy positions are...
  • Steele draws challenger for GOP chairman

    11/12/2010 7:49:29 AM PST · by CedarDave · 26 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 12, 2010 | Daily Caller
    A prominent Michigan Republican is running against party chairman Michael Steele. Saul Anuzis made his plans known Friday in an e-mail in which he says the party can win in 2012 only if the chairman steps out of the limelight and allows the candidates to become the voice and face of Republicans.
  • Tea Party kingmaker DeMint sees 'war in Washington'

    11/14/2010 4:36:07 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 92 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2010-11-11 | Harriet McLeod
    CHARLESTON, SC (Reuters) - The Tea Party movement is just the "tip of the iceberg" of political change and a looming "war in Washington," South Carolina's conservative Republican Senator Jim DeMint said on Thursday. "Tea Party candidates were the energy behind all of the Republican victories," said DeMint, a kingmaker behind the loosely organized network of conservatives and libertarians that helped Republicans capture the U.S. House of Representatives in last week's midterm elections. "I think what we're seeing is the tip of the iceberg of a new wave of citizen activism that I think will realign politics," DeMint told Reuters...
  • DeMint says a new RNC chairman is needed

    11/14/2010 8:11:47 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 150 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-11-14 | Sara Jerome
    Shortcomings in Republican efforts during the elections are a reason Michael Steele should not continue as chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), a senator said in an interview Sunday. "Our ground game, was not as strong as it could've been. We were outmanned on the ground," Sen. Jim DeMint said on Fox New Sunday. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said Steele should be ousted because Republicans could have done a better job reaching voters.
  • DeMint: Election proved conservative can win W.H. (will DeMint run in 2012?)

    11/14/2010 8:25:58 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 2010-11-14
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a tea party hero, said Sunday he’s not too far to the right to get elected president, but that he has no plans “right now” to challenge President Barack Obama in 2012. Asked by "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace “Do you think you could you elected president in 2012, or do you think you are too far to the right,” DeMint chuckled. “I don’t think I’m far to the right at all,” said DeMint, who cruised to reelection to another six-year term this month while also emerging as something of a king maker for tea...
  • Sen. Collins says Kirk wants to join centrist 'mod squad' (that's because Mark Kirk is a DIABLO)

    11/13/2010 4:59:54 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 55 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-11-10 | Jordan Fabian
    Centrist Senate Republicans are likely to get a new ally in Sen.-elect Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
  • Conservative group asks members to pray for DeMint (the Media is SHOCKED)

    11/10/2010 9:54:15 PM PST · by pissant · 19 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 11/10/10 | James Rosen
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Jim DeMint is about to have a whole lot of people praying for him. The Family Research Council, an influential group with large followings among conservatives and evangelical Christians, announced a nationwide initiative Wednesday to persuade 1 million people to pray for the South Carolina Republican. Tony Perkins, head of the Washington-based organization, said DeMint has been unfairly blamed for having cost Republicans control of the Senate by backing ultraconservative candidates who lost several key general election races last week. “To those of us who know and admire Senator Jim DeMint, these recent attacks on his character...
  • DeMint: Republicans sank Christine O'Donnell

    11/07/2010 5:30:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 7, 2010 | Felicia Sonmez and Matt DeLong
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), the conservative kingmaker who backed a number of tea party candidates heading into Tuesday's elections, said that it's "a very silly thing to say" that tea party candidates cost the GOP control of the Senate. Delaware Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell (R) "was so maligned from Republicans that she didn't really have a chance," DeMint added. On health-care overhaul, DeMint said that de-funding the law must come first - something that he said is possible with Republicans controlling the House. "We can slow the implementation of it or delay it and then replace it in 2012 with...
  • Sen. Jim DeMint is gearing up to help Joe Miller's legal battle in Alaska

    11/04/2010 4:42:15 PM PDT · by kingattax · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/04/10 | Shane D'Aprile
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and his Senate Conservatives Fund, which funneled several million dollars to Tea Party-backed Senate candidates this cycle, is ready to help Joe Miller fight Sen. Lisa Murkowski's high-flying legal team in Alaska. The political action committee is currently exploring exactly how it can assist Miller, the Republican nominee, on the fundraising front in what is expected to be a costly and drawn-out ballot-counting process.
  • Conservative commentator on Palin: 'She's a joke'

    11/04/2010 6:38:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies · 1+ views
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | November 4, 2010 | Chris Grygiel
    Politico reports that conservatives like Mort Kondracke and Thomas Mann are not thrilled about Sarah Palin and the Tea Party's effect on Senate races this week. "The people who got slapped the hardest in this election -- besides Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama -- are Jim DeMInt and Sarah Palin," (said Kondracke, a FOX News contributor). "Jim DeMint and Sarah Palin are responsible for the fact that the Senate did not go Republican. They're the ones who are responsible for Christine O'Donnell. They're the ones who are responsible for Joe Miller in Alaska. They're the ones who are responsible for...
  • DeMint says he doesn't want leadership role in Senate ("I don’t want power, I don’t want a title")

    11/04/2010 6:09:21 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 37 replies
    The Greenville News, Greenville, SC | 2010-10-04 | Raju Chebium
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  • GOP senators fight over failure

    11/03/2010 7:06:56 PM PDT · by Qbert · 126 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/3/2010 | Jonathan Martin & Manu Raju
    Long-simmering tensions within the Republican Party spilled into public view Wednesday as the pragmatic and conservative wings of the GOP blamed each other in blunt terms for the party’s failure to capture the Senate. With tea party-backed candidates going down in Delaware, Colorado and Nevada, depriving Republicans of what would have been a 50-50 Senate, a bloc of prominent senators and operatives said party purists like Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) had foolishly pushed nominees too conservative to win in politically competitive states. Movement conservatives pointed the finger right back at the establishment, accusing the National Republican Senatorial...
  • DeMint needles GOP leaders in congratulating conservatives

    11/02/2010 11:55:49 PM PDT · by FTJM · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/02/10 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) needled his own party's leaders in congratulating Republicans Rand Paul and Marco Rubio's victory in the Kentucky Senate race. "I want to congratulate Rand Paul on winning a race that the leaders in his own party said he could not win," DeMint said in a statement. "Rand overcame difficult odds because he consistently stood up for conservative principles." Paul is one of the crop of GOP candidates this cycle allied with the Tea Party movement to have beaten an establishment-backed choice in the Republican primary. He beat Secretary of State Trey Grayson in an upset victory...
  • Welcome, Senate Conservatives (DeMint rallying new Tea Party Senators to refuse to be co-opted)

    11/02/2010 5:20:08 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies
    Remember what the voters back home want—less government and more freedom. BY U.S. SEN. JIM DEMINT Congratulations to all the tea party-backed candidates who overcame a determined, partisan opposition to win their elections. The next campaign begins today. Because you must now overcome determined party insiders if this nation is going to be spared from fiscal disaster. Many of the people who will be welcoming the new class of Senate conservatives to Washington never wanted you here in the first place. The establishment is much more likely to try to buy off your votes than to buy into your limited-government...
  • Jim DeMint easily wins 2nd term for US Senate from SC (What will Alvin Greene do now?)

    11/02/2010 4:56:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 11/02/2010
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint will return to Washington for a second term after an easy election that saw his national status rise as a kingmaker for the tea party movement and an unlikely challenge from an oddball opponent. Based on AP analysis of preliminary exit poll data, the Republican rolled over unemployed military veteran Alvin Greene, a Democrat who won his party's nomination but not its support. Greene lives with his father and faces a felony obscenity charge, accused of showing pornography to a female college student. During occasional interviews in his nominal campaign, Greene insisted...
  • Greene's Unlikely Political Rise Likely to End Tuesday

    10/31/2010 4:30:23 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 37 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 31, 2010 | Stephen Clark
    Alvin Greene's quixotic rise to fame will likely come to an end Tuesday. He is expected to lose the South Carolina Senate race to Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, and that has Greene, who surprised the political world in June by capturing the Democratic nomination, lamenting on a few what-ifs. Greene considers what could have happened if he’d only gone negative on DeMint earlier, explaining to South Carolinians that DeMint started the recession. Then, he might have gotten his message across better. Or perhaps things would have picked up if he’d been a better messenger.
  • DeMint: No regrets about pushing conservative Senate candidates (DeMint leading the way)

    10/29/2010 5:51:29 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2010-10-29 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said he had no doubts about supporting Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell and other Republicans in key primary races this year. DeMint, the leader of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee that pushed through conservative, Tea Party candidates through GOP primaries earlier this year, said he was proud of his efforts. "I'm glad I did this," DeMint said Thursday evening on CNBC. "I came into the Senate with 55 Republicans, and I'm afraid that not enough of them believed in free-market capitalism and limited government."
  • Alvin Greene explains his strategy for victory in South Carolina

    10/29/2010 7:27:48 AM PDT · by Carpe Cerevisi · 39 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/29/10 | Caroline May
    Despite being down 37 percent in the polls to Republican South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint six days out from the Election Day, Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene remains in high spirits — and is continuing to push his key message: “DeMint started the recession!” This morning, in a phone conversation with The Daily Caller from his South Carolina home, Alvin Greene explained his strategy for winning the race. “I am getting around to the fairs around the state — this fair season — and reminding the folks there that DeMint started the recession,” he said. “That’s the bottom line” Greene’s...
  • Buck won't commit to supporting McConnell as GOP leader

    10/27/2010 9:01:58 AM PDT · by Qbert · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/27/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck said Tuesday night he wouldn't commit to supporting Mitch McConnell (Ky.) as Senate GOP leader. Buck joined several other Republican Senate candidates aligned with the Tea Party movement who haven't yet signed on to supporting McConnell as the party's top official in the Senate. "You know, I'm going to make that decision when we get there," Buck said on the Fox Business Network when asked if he'd be supporting McConnell for leader. "I am not going to try to guess who's running and who's not running." The Colorado conservative isn't the only possible member...
  • Expiration date for lawmakers--A term limit on service is one regulation legislators won't like

    10/26/2010 6:38:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | October 26, 2010 | Editorial
    Change is coming to Washington, and there's hope on the horizon that America will ensnare the big-government colossus that's consuming our wealth and curtailing our liberty. But even after next week's elections, the temptation of pay-to-play politics, in which career officeholders sell access to the public till, will remain a threat. It's time to address the crisis of out-of-control government by imposing term limits on members of Congress who overstay their welcome on Capitol Hill. Last year, Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, introduced a constitutional amendment to limit senators to two consecutive six-year terms and members of the House...
  • Should NPR have Fired Juan Williams? You Betchya [Fox News a "fully functioning engine of racism"]

    10/24/2010 2:47:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    The Nation ^ | October 24, 2010 | Dave Zirin
    Was National Public Radio correct to fire Juan Williams, their National News Analyst, for saying, “…when I get on a plane, I got to tell you, if I see people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they're identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous”? The answer is a simple one: you betchya. This is, as the Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan wrote, "anti-religious bigotry in its purest, clearest form." How could NPR employ an ostensibly unbiased “National News Analyst” who admits an irrational bias against Arabs and Muslims? What would our reaction...
  • Jim DeMint Threatens To Leave Current Republican Party

    10/20/2010 7:29:59 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 60 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 20, 2010 | RealClearPolitics
    "I don't want to be in Washington another six years and watch the Republican party betray the trust of the American people again. I mean, we had the White House. We had a majority in the House and the Senate. We voted for more spending and more earmarks. Most of our senior members seem to be focused on taking home the bacon. I'm going to be in a Republican party like that and that's not what the Republican Party is across America," Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) told FOX News.