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DeMint’s move and the growing
frustration inside the GOP

Washington Examiner, by Byron York

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Posted By:Judy W., 12/10/2012 7:21:32 AM

If Republicans had won big on November 6, it’s likely Jim DeMint would not be leaving the Senate to head the Heritage Foundation. In a conversation not long after the announcement, DeMint expressed frustration with being a “Doctor No” in the Senate, that is, a minority lawmaker who spends his time usefully but unhappily stopping misguided legislation. He also expressed a strong desire to become the kind of powerful force in the political world that is not possible for a Republican senator right now. In a move that stunned many Washington insiders, DeMint decided the path

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: thelmalou, 12/10/2012 7:38:08 AM     (No. 9057315)

Wow...I like him even more after reading this. And I found that last statement (below) to be plumb skeery, seein´ as how I´m thinkin´ the exact same thing:

But DeMint also explained that a major factor in his decision was his concern that the country is going downhill fast. “If I thought I could wait four years and do this — I just don’t think there’s time,” he said.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: StormCnter, 12/10/2012 7:42:54 AM     (No. 9057323)

Nah. It was the money. DeMint is only human.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Jebediah, 12/10/2012 7:54:12 AM     (No. 9057336)

D------ right! Listening to Corker yesterday, and seeing what Boehner, McCarthy, Cantor et al pulled on the conservatives who OBJECTED to giving away the farm, I am beyond disgusted. EVERY TIME THE REPUBLICANS TOOK THE DEMS AT THEIR WORD THAT SPENDING WOULD BE CUT, they were HAD----under Reagen and under Bush Sr! So they are throwing away all bargaining chips on a promise or a wish?????? The Press will play it as Republicans at fault no matter how little or how much we concede----don´ they get it? Obama is getting HIS Christmas gift---splitting the Party to shreds.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: fhancock, 12/10/2012 7:54:47 AM     (No. 9057338)

When times are bad I always think of two time periods...late Dec 1776 right before Washington crossed the Delaware and January 1942 right after Pearl Harbor...things were VERY BLEAK and great men stepped forward to save America..hope Demint is one of those who decides to fight hard instead of rolling over and waiting for another beating

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Jebediah, 12/10/2012 7:56:31 AM     (No. 9057343)

Those who think it is the $ don´t know DeMint and actually say more about themselves! Seeing how Boehner and others are blocking any dissent re: "compromise" with Obama, DeMint can probably make more noise and do more OUTSIDE the splintering tent.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 12/10/2012 8:03:18 AM     (No. 9057353)

#2, I respectfully disagree. DeMint is not your usual politician. If he were, he would stay where he is in a secure seat and eventually adapt to the usual compromises.

As soon as I heard of his impending resignation I posted here that freed from fighting shrill liberals in the Senate and elsewhere DeMint would be able to do more for the conservative cause at the Heritage Foundation. I´ve seen him speak in person several times and he has never lied or sidestepped an issue as far as I know.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: bubby, 12/10/2012 8:20:07 AM     (No. 9057371)

It looks to me that the elite moderate Republicans like Boehner are willing to raise tax rates, raise the debt limit and give amnesty to illegals. If they do then they are the ones that split the party not the conservatives. It looks like DeMint´s replacement will be another moderate. He supported Huntsman for President. If they do the above I will look at joining the Constitutional Party or become an Independant.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/10/2012 8:20:49 AM     (No. 9057373)

Tell me exactly what he is going to do?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Conservativegirl, 12/10/2012 8:39:10 AM     (No. 9057411)

His move is just another symptom of the greater problem and the realization of it among those of us who are conservatives. In 2008, we thought the majority of the electorate was fooled by slick packaging and a desire to prove we aren´t racists. But then in 2012, we finally had to face the facts, the electorate majority WANTS what is being offered and sold by this regime. It´s finally clear as can be, we are no longer center-right, but center-left and moving further each year.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: happywarrior, 12/10/2012 8:39:32 AM     (No. 9057412)

Completely agree with #2!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: nonsense, 12/10/2012 8:46:19 AM     (No. 9057421)

Jim DeMint is a good man, a Conservative who believes we should work to save the country from the far Left train wreck. How can anyone object to that?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/10/2012 8:54:35 AM     (No. 9057436)

DeMint refused to check his honor and principles at the door.
With the current leadership, conservatives are not welcome in the RNC.
Got it?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 12/10/2012 9:03:05 AM     (No. 9057451)

good article but if you want to see what we face in terms of ever winning any minds and hearts read the comments by the lefties who either have selective memory or only 2 braincells to rub together and ain´t getting the neurons firing.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: TheMom, 12/10/2012 9:20:03 AM     (No. 9057475)

Not only has Sen DeMint been blocked at every turn by Dingy Harry in the Senate, but he has been hampered and double crossed by SC´s other Senator, The Lovely Lindsey. Despite his conservative efforts in the Senate, he has been able to get next to nothing accomplished. To tell you the truth, it´s amazing to me that he has held on this long. Here in Upstate SC, we applaud Jim DeMint as a Patriot of great principle, and support his decision even if it does mean his seat will go to a moderate. Sen DeMint began as a moderate, himself. Perhaps whoever is appointed will also find a spine.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: tocsin, 12/10/2012 9:41:07 AM     (No. 9057512)

#$-´´great men stepped forward to save America´´
how about you?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: noproblems, 12/10/2012 10:01:21 AM     (No. 9057537)

Byron gets it wrong regarding why "republicans" are frustrated. Well, maybe I need to make a distinction between repugs and conservatives.

Repugs could indeed be frustrated why their moderate candidates like Romney, McCain, da Bushes, Dole etc. keep losing to pathetic democrats.

Conservatives are frustrated why repugs keep nominating such weak candidates.

what does Demint leaving say about the Repugs? not wanting to be associated with losers, looking for more money, or maybe a movement to start a real third party based upon the Tea Party?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: ocjim, 12/10/2012 10:15:57 AM     (No. 9057579)

He knows that Gov Haley can, for now, replace his minority ´´No´´ votes which frees him up for this opportunity. Time´s a wastin´. Good decision by DeMint and by Heritage.
Good luck, Senator.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: ocjim, 12/10/2012 10:19:55 AM     (No. 9057592)

#13, Unless they have some kind of David Horowitz epiphany, we´re not going to sway too many hard core Leftists. It´s the tens of millions of apathetic and bamboozled in the middle that need educating and swaying, and it can be done.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Eheu Fugaces, 12/10/2012 11:03:32 AM     (No. 9057676)

It looks like the moderate Republicans are finally going to realize their most cherished dream. They are busy chasing conservatives (the 57% non-Romneyite voters during the primaries) out of the party, and want to form a coalition with their brethren, "moderate" Democrats and independents, for a genteel, suburban progressive party. We see how well that strategy worked for the Republican Party in New York State under Nelson Rockefeller, and for the Republican party in California under a dreary cavalcade of enlightened GOP moderate governors who succeeded Reagan.

The great moderate Republican death wish is now coming true. Well, at least they´re finally purging their exclusive little club of conservative elements.



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Reply 20 - Posted by: Susannah, 12/10/2012 11:27:15 AM     (No. 9057713)

What, exactly, is DeMint going to do at the Heritage Foundation to make conservatism appealing to more Americans? To get the message out? Put up billboards? Buy NBC, CBS, or ABC? Buy some newspapers?

The HF does good work researching and preparing policy papers for members of Congress who are amenable to conservative policy, but how many people in the general public have ever heard of it? Maybe one in five hundred?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: richwill, 12/10/2012 11:54:51 AM     (No. 9057755)

I listened to Jim DeMint explain his decision and I must agree with him. He will not have to play politics now.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: sunsong, 12/10/2012 12:00:28 PM     (No. 9057771)

DeMint is going after the money. He backed terrible candidates for the senate and holds some of the responsiblity for the GOP losing ground in the senate when they really could have won it.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: retCPO, 12/10/2012 12:59:05 PM     (No. 9057863)

I think Jim DeMint realizes that there is a need to build a Conservative party. Many of us are are tired of voting for the Republicans because they represent "slower socialism" than the Democrat party. Enough already.


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Reply 24 - Posted by: yuban, 12/10/2012 2:09:03 PM     (No. 9057995)

The same old posters going after Conservatives. You have ruined the GOP by moving Left more and more.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Judy W., 12/10/2012 2:43:46 PM     (No. 9058050)

#22, you mean terrible candidates like Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Mike Lee, Pat Toomeny, and others of their caliber? He´s got a far better record of getting conservatives elected to the Senate than the official Republican Senatorial Committee or any other group for that matter.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: LanieLou, 12/10/2012 6:51:08 PM     (No. 9058527)

God bless DeMint for his bravery & future endeavors... which I pray is a new, Freedom Party.... based solely on saving our constitution. Too many progressives in the GOP and their NWO masters are going in for the kill now.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: tipover, 12/10/2012 7:42:30 PM     (No. 9058574)

Those that usually criticize Palin are doing the same to DeMint. Using the same arguments as well.

Amusing to watch (kinda).

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 12/11/2012 8:57:19 AM     (No. 9059146)

Certain events reveal people. Take note of the personal attacks on Jim DeMint, a principled politician who is now leaving elected office to fight for conservative ideas in the broader culture. Those who disparage him for that say more about themselves than they do about him.

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