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,
Comments: 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!
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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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