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Senator Jim DeMint Rocks

Posted on | September 11, 2010 | 25 Comments

by Smitty (via Cubachi on Twitter)

DeMint is a statesman. He, along with a few dozen other Senators and a few score in the House are the best hope for the country. This Weekly Standard profile offers a window into the Progressive rot that must be expunged, dating to DeMint’s Representative days:

But when he arrived in Washington to assume his House seat, no one would have pegged him as a troublemaker. He was elected president of his House class and regularly attended seminars given by the House GOP leadership.

But something happened to DeMint in these leadership seminars that would change the course of his life. The gatherings were entirely focused on the means for concentrating and preserving political power: How to milk K Street lobbyists for political contributions; how to place earmarks into appropriations bills so they would be deemed essential to the folks back home.

One day, DeMint had had enough. He rose up in a seminar to question why representatives of the party of smaller government were so focused on earmarks and political fundraising. Why aren’t we talking about reforming the federal tax code or addressing the health care mess?

Midst laughter, someone shouted, “You’ll catch on to the system, DeMint.” But DeMint never did.

The Constitution is predicated upon an informed, attentive electorate. The internet has been a catalyst for the Tea Parties to become informed. The Ruling Class is cordially invited to step aside.

Kudos to DeMint for being like Lot, and managing to stay righteous amongst the wicked, as opposed to Lott, who seems to have had less success with that.


25 Responses to “Senator Jim DeMint Rocks”

  1. T.L. Davis
    September 11th, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

    Cripes! How do I go to work for this guy?

  2. Joe
    September 11th, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    A big win in 2010 means nothing if they act like they did in 2004-05. Because those house members will be out in 2012. And Obama will get reelected.

  3. serfer62
    September 11th, 2010 @ 8:14 pm

    What the TP elected will have is a core to gather on. Then there are those who will join as they now have an alternate to DC GOP and those who look to the future elections.
    The old GOP leadership will be facing increasing conservative strength…

  4. Mike
    September 11th, 2010 @ 8:22 pm

    Talking about my Senator here. I hope he makes a run for President in 2012.


  5. JeffS
    September 11th, 2010 @ 8:55 pm

    Midst laughter, someone shouted, “You’ll catch on to the system, DeMint.” But DeMint never did.

    I think that Senator DeMint caught on. He just didn’t follow it, being the ethical and moral gentleman that he is.

  6. Rob
    September 11th, 2010 @ 9:17 pm

    @Jeffs and Mike
    I’ll take a slow learner like Jim DeMint as president.

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  8. just a conservative girl
    September 11th, 2010 @ 11:57 pm

    LOVE him. I met him last summer at a fundraiser for Marco Rubio. He was a very nice man.

    I aslo have stopped in his offices during the house parties to tell him to rock on. His staff was also very nice. Most of the time, they don’t like the “teabaggers”.

  9. Rob
    September 12th, 2010 @ 2:53 am

    @just a conservative girl,
    what do you mean don’t like the ‘teabaggers’?

  10. Estragon
    September 12th, 2010 @ 3:20 am

    I told him before the 2004 primary run-off (he had run a distant second to former Governor David Beasley in a crowded field, but there was little doubt he would win) that he had to shed the idea of being the “junior” Senator, that Graham was a loose cannon that South Carolina could not depend upon. During his first two years, he was pretty quiet, and I worried that he might be co-opted by the institution as so many others have been, losing their devotion to principles along the way.

    But by his third year, he began breaking out, disregarding the Party where it failed to uphold conservative principles. He has done us proud.

    Now, I have some issues where we disagree, and I certainly question his primary endorsements of some flaky people like Rand Paul Christine O’Donnell, but other than those few items I support him fully.

    President? Not anytime soon. If he wants to be President, DeMint needs to come home at some point and be Governor to gain the requisite executive experience. It’s needed to be effective: the sitting Senators elected President were Harding, Kennedy, and Obama – a testament to the danger of inexperience.

    There are good reasons we have far more often elected Governors and Generals than Senators or Representatives.

    DeMint currently serves a much needed role as conservative warrior. As the leader of the movement among elected officials, he should stay away from party positions, including Majority Leader, so he can act without restraint.

  11. Brian Paasch
    September 12th, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    “The Constitution is predicated upon an informed, attentive electorate.”
    And thus we are doomed since the government controls the schools. No chance of an ice cube on a hot Indy sidewalk in July of that happening.

    BTW, the guy who ridiculed DeMint was probably my house rep. That guy LOVES to buy stuff with peasants’ money. He’s a top tire government buyer.

    (That’s BOO-yer, looser peasant!)

    Yeah, well, if anyone wants a copy of my excel spreadsheet from 2004 on his spending/voting record, just ask.


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  13. Wintery Knight
    September 13th, 2010 @ 12:49 am

    What makes this even more surprising is that he is a Senator, not a Congressman. Senators are usually more mild because they have to represent the whole state.

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