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Good riddance, Mr. DeMint
Washington Post, by Jennifer Rubin

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Posted By:supersid, 12/6/2012 1:51:39 PM

Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is leaving the Senate to take over the Heritage Foundation. He will replace Ed Feulner as the conservative think tank’s president. He expressed no qualms about leaving the Senate before his term is up, nor did he reflect on his legislative achievements, of which none come to mind. Let me first explain why this is very bad indeed for Heritage. Even DeMint would not claim to be a serious scholar. He is a pol. He’s a pol whose entire style of conservatism –all or nothing,

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Jim DeMint said that he would rather have 30 conservative GOP senators than 60 that would include moderates. He achieved part of his goal - shrinking the GOP senate pool. Imagine if Sue Lowden was allowed to defeat Harry Reid - Harry Reid! in 2010. But no. Palin, Demint etc. came up with Angle. Another 2 seats in 2010. And 2 more this year - Akin and Mourdock. And drove Olympia Snowe to resignation and that seat went to dem caucusing independent. Thanks, Jim!

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: hisself, 12/6/2012 1:57:51 PM     (No. 9052061)

Who is jennifer rubin and what has she done to qualify her to comment on Senator DeMint?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 12/6/2012 1:58:11 PM     (No. 9052062)

I think Jennifer is full of it. Take this shot: "He has contributed more than any current senator to the dysfunction of that body."

Sorry Jennfier, that distinction clearly falls to Harry Reid.

You´ve had a run of good articles, but I´m not buying the "why can´t we all act like Dem statist"-attitude now.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/6/2012 2:06:06 PM     (No. 9052078)

I didn´t need to read any further than "he would not claim to be a serious scholar." That is the oh-so-typical and predictable smear against any conservative politician and she is full of it!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Alex, 12/6/2012 2:08:08 PM     (No. 9052081)

Jennifer Rubin is another example of what happens when a so-called conservative writer goes to work for a liberal publication. It´s the political and literary version of the "Stockholm Syndrome".

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Reply 5 - Posted by: redink, 12/6/2012 2:09:54 PM     (No. 9052083)

Sorry Jennifer, but you´re in the Ann Coulter "I-heart-moderates" club. You have no credibility to advise conservatives.
The GOP needs a makeover big time...let´s start with getting rid of Boehner.
Anything DeMint does to shake up status quo is fine by me.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/6/2012 2:13:45 PM     (No. 9052092)

I am so over this chick.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 12/6/2012 2:17:53 PM     (No. 9052095)

I´d rather have a Senate in gridlock than one that "accomplishes" things like amnesty.

Republicans "reaching across the aisle" with their Democrat "friends" get their clocks cleaned.



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Reply 8 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 12/6/2012 2:21:16 PM     (No. 9052098)

If Jennifer is looking to criticize those that won´t "go along to get along", then she could spend an entire career focusing on today´s DemocRATS.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 12/6/2012 2:21:17 PM     (No. 9052099)

Jennifer Rubin is screeching about what a screech Jim DeMint is. Ouch, my ears.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: dman, 12/6/2012 2:32:40 PM     (No. 9052115)

Ms. Rubin´s tone yet again reveals the contempt that the GOP Establishment holds for its conservative fellow-travelers. "Give us your contributions, vote for us, but don´t talk to anyone (you´re an embarrassment), go sit over in that corner with your tin-foil hat, and be grateful we let you into the tent."

Time to say "good riddance" to the GOP.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: kono, 12/6/2012 2:33:40 PM     (No. 9052119)

Jennifer Rubin seems to have contracted a case of DeMint Derangement Syndrome. (We could say she suffers from DeMint-ia.)

Jennifer´s anti-politician rant is partisan enough to qualify as propaganda. Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, Carol Measly-Brains, Barbara Boxer, John Kerry, et al, did far more to push the Senate´s dysfunction to new heights than guys like DeMint ever could.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: absalom, 12/6/2012 2:38:50 PM     (No. 9052136)

Rubin, a congenital Romney shill and harpie, knows one thing: how to pick losers.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: snapper451, 12/6/2012 2:42:34 PM     (No. 9052142)

While he can do important work at Heritage, this is a loss for everyone. DeMint was fearless and is the perfect conservative. I would have rather lost McConnell rather than DeMint in the Senate. Ms. Rubin is a fool for what she has written.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: plumnellie, 12/6/2012 2:43:53 PM     (No. 9052146)

All who claim to be Republicans are moderates. No conservative can possibly be a Republican. The ´rino´s´ have won. I expect to see the House go Democrat majority in the next election. The Repubs hate Tea Party people. The moderates hate conservatives. The elites hate grass roots. So, good bye to all ye Repubs. You can have the GOP all to yourselves.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/6/2012 2:46:45 PM     (No. 9052152)

I´m with OP. Goodbye, Senator DeMint. It certainly gives your fans the warm fuzzies for you to talk about the purity you desire in our Senate, but 30 pure seats instead of a larger number of mixed provenance, accomplishes only half as much. If we´re going to have an impact and change things, we have to have sufficient numbers to do it. I doubt the Heritage Foundation will measure up to the senator´s lofty ideals, either.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Danceman, 12/6/2012 2:48:42 PM     (No. 9052159)

Jennifer is exactly what her name implies, a rubin.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 12/6/2012 2:50:17 PM     (No. 9052162)

Did someone die while I wasn´t looking, thus putting #14 in charge of deciding who can be a Republican? It´s too bad that a self-described conservative can be so judgmental. That´s how we lost the 2012 election. Voters are unhappy feeling judged by those who believe themselves superior.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: killerbee, 12/6/2012 2:51:44 PM     (No. 9052164)

Jennifer Rubin was totally ga-ga over Mitt Romney in the primaries. To the point where she wrote dishonest columns about his opponents. I really thought she´d go for Obama in the national, but she did stick with Mitt, so I´ll give her that. But she voted for Obama in 2008, hates Sarah Palin (for the same false reasons all haters give), and she´s anti-conservative to a hysterical degree.

So, yeah, I doubt Jim DeMint would be her favorite guy.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: jeffreyabigail, 12/6/2012 2:56:37 PM     (No. 9052172)

The problem with DeMint is not his positions. The problem with DeMint he is just one of dozens of humorless, coloreless, dour, sourpuss-faced Repbulican men who turn off most Americans.

Ronald Reagan would probably have agreed with DeMint 95% of the time. And Reagan won two landslides.

Get my point?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Hobbiest, 12/6/2012 3:00:06 PM     (No. 9052176)

Sorry Jennifer, your over the top support for Romney has pretty much disqualified you from being taken seriously as a pundit.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/6/2012 3:03:51 PM     (No. 9052182)

What #15, #17, and #19 said.

We had his twin Tom McClintock in the California legislature for so long that he managed to turn the state even more Democrat than it had been before.

Here we may think hard right, my way or the highway, the hell with building consensus is OK. But there´s a big country out there and we are losing it.



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Reply 22 - Posted by: stopevhillary, 12/6/2012 3:13:55 PM     (No. 9052200)

Oh that the Senate had more Jim DeMints.

Jennifer Rubin knows not of what she screeches.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: rburns, 12/6/2012 3:18:09 PM     (No. 9052210)

Jennifer Rubin, be afraid, be VERY afraid since Jim DeMint will bury you and your fellow socialists and it won´t take very long either. "We The People" WILL prevail and you and your ilk will be toast.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 12/6/2012 3:21:03 PM     (No. 9052215)

So Rubin thinks DeMint´s departure is a good riddance thing. Ha! Just goes to show you that she has spit for brains.

First, a conservative will be appointed to his seat by our conservative Governor Haley--and the governor has likely assured DeMint that the appointee will be someone acceptable to him. There is already talk that Tim Scott will be that person and that would seem to be the best choice. The special election in 2014 triggered by an appointment will make it easier for an appointee to be re-elected. Not that Tim Scott will have any problems (unless he makes a major mistake and I don´t see that in his future). Clyburn will be apoplectic over DeMint´s move. Scott is young (47), highly popular and effective and won re-election on November 6 with 65% of the vote.

I´m looking forward to DeMint putting his expertise and backing into the campaigns of conservatives in 2014 and 2016--and putting his head together with Nile Gardiner at the Heritage Foundation. He won´t be hindered by the time-consuming machinations necessary in a U.S. Senator´s work and could well make a big difference for us.

Btw, DeMint is a huge Tea Party supporter.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: thegare, 12/6/2012 3:21:25 PM     (No. 9052216)

Jennifer tells us her gender and Rubin tells us her heritage......so......Yawn....zzzzzz

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Reply 26 - Posted by: octrojan, 12/6/2012 3:28:32 PM     (No. 9052222)

If he really said he´d rather have 30 conservatives--and therefore be completely irrelevant and ineffective--than he said something asinine. Reagan expanded the base, he didn´t contract and exclude. He got most of what he wanted.

So if makes you feel good, go ahead and whine about RINOs. Then take a pill and get real.

The OP, however, repeats a fiction. Lowden lost the primary, in part, because she suggested bartering chickens for health care. Angle was actually the more rational one in that race.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 12/6/2012 3:35:15 PM     (No. 9052235)

Yesterday, Rubin used the phrase ´right wing loonies´, today she uses pejorative ´screech´.

During the republican primaries, rubin wrote nasty pieces on every candidate not named Romney. When not writing hit pieces, she found the time to write a love letter to Romney every day. She backed the loser, but we´re the problem.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ebuilder, 12/6/2012 3:36:39 PM     (No. 9052237)

Jennifer, maybe Demint does not want to be blamed for the coming police action in the Middle East. Or for the "by-invitation only" slate of republican Max Bialystocks set for 2014 and 2016. Or maybe he can´t handle the sulphur.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: ScrIbelus, 12/6/2012 3:42:21 PM     (No. 9052251)

It appears that writers for the Washington Plop are paid by the lie.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: eoddad, 12/6/2012 3:46:47 PM     (No. 9052257)

Looks like Jennifer has caught the David Brooks disease.

Senator Demint´s leaving means I can´t trust any senators, he was the last of his kind. So Demint not going along to get along is bad, well Jennifer can you give me the name of ONE Democrat Senator who has stepped forward asking the President and Harry Reid to stop campaigning and start governing.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: thatsomewhereplace, 12/6/2012 4:00:46 PM     (No. 9052273)

Jennifer needs to go to Walmart and pick up some underwear a couple of sizes larger. She´s got her underwear in a big tight wad.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: thedoctor2001, 12/6/2012 4:10:59 PM     (No. 9052284)

I heard DeMint on Rush going on about being good friends with Harry Reid. That´s not a selling point with me. Just another insider wannabe! Adios.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: Passion, 12/6/2012 4:14:51 PM     (No. 9052291)

Jennifer Rubin is a moderatre establishment hack

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Reply 34 - Posted by: fayebeck, 12/6/2012 4:17:06 PM     (No. 9052295)

#15 you are absolutely right about such as DeMint. His all or nothing style of conservatism reminds me a lot of the Jackass in Chief and his all or nothing brand of whateverism.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: fritzilou, 12/6/2012 4:23:42 PM     (No. 9052308)

I have concluded that Jennifer Rubin is nothing, but a phoney Republican. She shilled for Romney all through the election cycle and never said a generous word to any other candidate´s ideas. It is OK that she supported Romny, but she was part of the slander of the other candidates; she didn´t give any credence to their good ideas, which were many.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: LAW428, 12/6/2012 4:25:23 PM     (No. 9052310)

The problem is we don´t have enough "all or nothing" conservatives in Congress! That´s why we are in this mess.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: stablemoney, 12/6/2012 4:35:51 PM     (No. 9052316)

Jennifer, go jump off a building.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 12/6/2012 4:39:40 PM     (No. 9052322)

Miss Rubin, I´d write about your journalistic achievements as a stenographer in the Ministry of Information, but "none come to mind." Shut your pie hole, just shut your pie hole. We know you would not have anything positive to say about any conservative.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: beth, 12/6/2012 4:49:57 PM     (No. 9052334)

What a nasty woman. Conservatism is the only hope for solving this country´s problems. Hew brand of Republicanism is a loser.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: FunnyGirl, 12/6/2012 4:53:59 PM     (No. 9052338)

Sue Lowden lost without any assistance from DeMint, O´Donnell got some money from him only at the last minute, and saying one is friends with Harry Reid doesn´t make him a sell out. I think DeMint will do a bangup job at Heritage and will leave his Senate seat in good hands until the special election in 2014.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: Keekng, 12/6/2012 5:12:42 PM     (No. 9052362)

"Good riddance, Mr. DeMint"......
Really? Well, good riddance to you,Jennifr Rubin, I am done with your columns. And by the way, Rubin, he deserves to be properly addresed as SENATOR DeMint, a smart journalist would have shown that respect.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: Pinchem, 12/6/2012 5:23:20 PM     (No. 9052369)

If I recall correctly, and I´m sure I´ll be corrected if I am wrong, but I believe Rubin was a former left wing Berkeley Radical Liberal. She supposedly "came to Jesus" and switched to Republican.

It appears you can take the girl out of the Liberal Marxist Party but you can´t take Liberal Radical Marxism out of the girl.


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Reply 43 - Posted by: Kingbubo, 12/6/2012 5:40:35 PM     (No. 9052387)

#1, she is a citizen and that is what gives her the right to criticize Mr. demint. What has she done to get you to pay attention to her is the better question, lol.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: judy, 12/6/2012 5:41:09 PM     (No. 9052388)

This proves DeMint is a great man.... the farrrr left wing WP trashes him....

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Reply 45 - Posted by: enuf8, 12/6/2012 5:46:42 PM     (No. 9052403)

Do some research OP--you are incorrect in your statement with reference to Sharron Angle--Gov Palin did not endorse Angle in the primary--only in the GENERAL against Dirty Hairy Reed. Always quick to blame Palin.
Additionally she did not endorse Akin. She supported Sarah Steelman and if McCaskill had not paid for Akin´s last several weeks of nasty campaign against his peers - there was an excellent chance for Steelman to have won.
As for 2012 --- Senate elections brought in 4 of the 5 Gov. Palin endorsed - What did your establishment/elite crowd/Romney add to the Senate or House for that matter.


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Reply 46 - Posted by: get er done, 12/6/2012 5:56:02 PM     (No. 9052418)

Mr. Rubin, yes, I said "Mr." Rubin, you have the social graces of a liberal "man." You may begin by apologizing for calling Senator DeMint "Mr."

For years, my friends have asked me if I have read this or that article in the Washington Post, and my reply aways is, "I do not subscribe to or read that liberal rag." Mr. Rubin´s article is yet another example of why I do not read the Washington Compost. Better to look to the internet to Drudge, wnd, Sean Hannity and Lucianne for the real news.



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Reply 47 - Posted by: nonsense, 12/6/2012 6:00:40 PM     (No. 9052423)

Oh my, Jennifer is even nastier than the last time I tried to read an article by her. She is on my "never again" list.

Senator DeMint always said that he would be leaving at the end of this term. Can´t blame him for leaving early, with the Boehner "purge" and other nasty RINO happenings.

I wish him luck in his new position.

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Reply 48 - Posted by: A Balrog of Morgoth, 12/6/2012 6:08:18 PM     (No. 9052431)

Like a dog returning to its vomit, the OP meanders back into the fantasy world where everything bad that happens is the fault of some SOCON somewhere.

No surprise that he or she do it with a screed from Jennifer Rubin who, whatever her other merits, wrote as though she was on the Romney campaign payroll long before he was the nominee.


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Reply 49 - Posted by: supersid, 12/6/2012 6:10:39 PM     (No. 9052436)

Re # 26: Here is the full quote, to be fair to Sen. DeMint: http://www.humanevents.com/2010/02/18/senator-jim-demints-speech-at-cpac/

I’ve been criticized by some of my Republican colleagues for saying I’d rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who believe in the principles of freedom than 60 who don’t believe in anything.

Let me make myself even clearer: I’d rather have 30 Marco Rubios in the Senate than 60 Arlen Specters.

But, if that were the case I wouldn’t have to settle for 30, because strong conservatives who believe in a constitutional limited government like Marco Rubio will pave the way to a new Republican majority that will keep our promises to the American people!


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Reply 50 - Posted by: Susannah, 12/6/2012 6:22:59 PM     (No. 9052463)

It´s a fine thing to be pure and principled, but it´s better to be realistic about what can be accomplished at any one given time. Coming from a blue state, I understand that the perfect is the enemy of the good. People from solidly red states have the luxury of voting into office "pure" conservatives. Conservative/Republican people from blue states go with the best available candidate. Usually that´s someone who´s a fiscal conservative who believes in a strong defense and a smaller government, but is laissez-faire on social issues, because he or she is smart enough to know that running around screeching about the evils of homosexuality or birth control or "legitimate rape" won´t get him or her elected dog catcher in a blue state.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: TangerineDream, 12/6/2012 6:27:37 PM     (No. 9052471)

DeMint´s decision is his and his alone. His voice is the conservative voice. But he has apparently gotten fed up with the antics of Washington. Who here can blame him? Sad to see him leave but we haven´t heard the last of Jim.

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Reply 52 - Posted by: Judith, 12/6/2012 6:39:46 PM     (No. 9052483)

Jennifer rubin, in the old days, was an open liberal. Seems she went underground for the last few years but now that her leader is safely in power for 4 more years, she can come into the sunshine of her liberal heart.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: dr fate, 12/6/2012 6:51:55 PM     (No. 9052504)

Rush was having a perfectly congenial, seemingly scripted interview with DeMint today and made a comment to the effect that, perhaps DeMint could better fight Harry Reid from outside of Government. I´m sure Rush was astounded by his response; that Reid was actually a good friend of his and that Reid was "not the problem". Considering Reid´s long history of political and personal bile, not to mention his recent statement that he would refuse to work with Romney had he won the election, it seems like DeMint is just another of the get-along collegiality crowd that is conning us to the bitter end.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: lana720, 12/6/2012 7:08:26 PM     (No. 9052531)

Senator DeMint is a good man and will be a great asset to Heritage. Now that he knows the inner workings of the House and Senate, he can be very effective.

I was impressed when I read he is one of the poorest Senators, #98 with assets less than $200K. Most of those guys are perfumed princes with gobs of money.

As for Rubin, she´s a disgrace - but then she does write for the ComPost where they probably consider her a queen.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: poliskeptic, 12/6/2012 7:18:05 PM     (No. 9052556)

Perhaps better "Good Riddance" Jenifer! Being the Post´s resident David Brookes moves you to the top of the list

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Reply 56 - Posted by: oldvlc, 12/6/2012 7:24:02 PM     (No. 9052573)

Oh,an all or nothing conservative? Uh, how about a president who is an all or nothing "my way or the highway" raging liberal?

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Reply 57 - Posted by: Periwinkel, 12/6/2012 7:34:16 PM     (No. 9052588)

Jennifer Rubin needs to be put away with Peggy Noonan and Kathleen Parker. They are way past their stale date...

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Reply 58 - Posted by: God of Irony, 12/6/2012 7:49:20 PM     (No. 9052607)

It is moderates like Rubin that are the problem.

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Reply 59 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 12/6/2012 7:58:19 PM     (No. 9052627)

I must be the only one here who is on both sides. I like Jennifer Rubin AND I like Jim DeMint. I think both have done what they think best for our party and I am sure both have made some mistakes. I know I have. Haven´t you?

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Reply 60 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/6/2012 11:24:35 PM     (No. 9052865)

I´ve noticed something: The same folks who complain about DeMint for being too judgmental in his conservatism, and criticize conservatives for being insufficiently inclusive, had absolutely no problem with Mitt Romney´s complete exclusion of Sarah Palin from the 2012 campaign. Having just catastrophically lost the most important election in our lifetime, one would have thought the Romney enthusiasts might be a little more circumspect in lecturing us on who conservatives should support and how. I find it telling that these apostles of inclusion and moderation think an immoderate and insulting article entitled "Good Riddance, Mr. DeMint" is worthy of praise.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: tisHimself, 12/6/2012 11:48:56 PM     (No. 9052879)

It was never about being principled or intellectually consistent, it was about maintaining power of the moderate republicans and preventing a small government, ReaganPalinCainGringrich conservative message from getting traction. Rather than embrace their liberal republican go along to get along tendencies, they relabel themselves conservatives to the point it becomes meaningless---- an east coast liberal republican who just a few short years ago held hands with Teddy Kennedy and denounced Reagan reemerges as a severe conservative. The small town mayor who challenges oil companies and liberal republicans like Murkowski are declared lazy, extreme and irrelevant. And now DeMint. Extremism...virtue.... vice, oh, never mind.

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Reply 62 - Posted by: Ohiolad, 12/7/2012 4:54:12 AM     (No. 9053004)

I guess I made a mistake in thinking that Jennifer Rubin might once have been a conservative when she was writing for Commentary magazine. If she ever was, she has been totally corrupted now after joining the Washington establishment.

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Reply 63 - Posted by: 4Justice, 12/7/2012 5:00:34 PM     (No. 9054226)

I think folks are being too hard on Rubin. I agree that we should have more conservatives in office but in some states (like mine, CA) it is nearly impossible to get a conservative elected to any office (even dog catcher). So, sometimes we DO need to compromise. I would much rather have many more seats filled with Republicans even if a lot of them are moderate or even a bit to the left than to lose every time and have a permanent minority status of conservatives only. I am so sick of the litmus test people are putting on our candidates--the all or nothing syndrome. That doesn´t work. It has been proven time and again. Yes, we need to move the country further to the right again. But it will never happen if we insist on all our candidates being 100% hardcore right.

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