Analysis: DeMint move defies GOP shift to center

Analysis: DeMint move defies GOP shift to center

WASHINGTON (AP) - The surprise job change by the Senate’s most prominent tea partyer will complicate Republican moderates’ bid to nudge their party toward the center after another stinging campaign loss.

Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina is giving up his high profile in the Senate, where he annoyed establishment Republicans and delighted conservative purists. But he may play an even broader role in the nation’s political debate in his new post as president of the Heritage Foundation, Washington’s best-known conservative think tank.

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Analysis: DeMint move defies GOP shift to center

Wouldn’t it be funny if we are just now discovering that Jim DeMint was the last U.S. Senator to possess COURAGE?

I have a friend on Facebook, Grant Stinchfield, and Grant is one of the most astute and Conservative people I know. This is from Grant’s Facebook page:

I am shocked at how many “conservative” pundits are saying Jim DeMint’s departure is a good thing. I have tremendous respect for the Heritage Foundation, but his departure tells me one thing… The battle against the establishment was too hard, even for DeMint. McConnell and his cronies won, WE lost! (At least for now)

I don’t know if the battle was *too hard* or if DeMint just got tired of banging his head on the wall and getting nowhere with the most Democrat and RINO infested Senate that we have been forced to endure.

Maybe, possibly, Sen. DeMint sees a way to wage this battle in a different manner. You have to admit; we’re not having too much luck in the GOP political arena lately.

Take Kay Bailey Hutchison for example; Hutchison was once the *toast of Texas* and considered to be the best thing the U.S. Senate had ever seen. She was the *go to* Lady for just about any worthwhile Conservative cause. Sadly, over the last few years, Hutchison took a hard turn to center, bordering on a left turn as she embraced The DREAM Act.

Hutchison announced that she was going to retire from the Senate and come home to Texas and run for Governor. She lost badly. Texans don’t like RINOs.

Then there’s John Cornyn; not an unlikable guy, and lately he has moved generally to the right, but he’s not a *hard core* Conservative. Cornyn was supporting Hutchison in the DREAM Act and many Texans didn’t like that, myself included, and we didn’t hesitate to let Sen. Cornyn know it either.

For a long time now the U.S. Senate, as well as the House of Representatives, has taken us, the electorate, for granted and have gone to Washington with their own little agenda in mind and have paid little, if ANY attention to the will of the people.

Maybe Sen. DeMint got tired of fighting what he saw as nothing less than a losing battle, one that he had little hope of winning with the few honest and Conservative members of the Senate doing all they could to change America BACK to a land of opportunity.

Maybe, just maybe, after the election of 2012 DeMint was so disheartened by the sheer stupidity of the American voters when they gave Barack Obama another 4 years in which to destroy America that he just had to walk away.

All of this is merely speculation on my part, but if a man has fought long and hard, given everything he has to give in his effort to save America and sees America being decisively flushed down the toilet, maybe he’s just going to try a different method of attack.

Remember the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

I don’t believe Jim DeMint is insane.

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14 Responses to Analysis: DeMint move defies GOP shift to center

  1. James Shott says:

    Perhaps he’s getting ready for a run for the White House.

  2. BobF says:

    I’m thinking he’s going to take to the fight from a different angle. He’s a smart man and knows in the Senate he’ll run into brick walls trying to get his fellow Republicans to see things in a Conservative light. He knows in the Senate he’ll get ostracized and thrown under the bus like Bohener had done this past week to Conservative members of his own party in the House. Now he can take the fight to them and they can’t do a thing about it. Hopefully, he’ll latch on to Lt. Col. Allen West and bring him along with him to the Heritage Foundation.

  3. Longstreet says:

    We may be looking at a REAL conservative Presidential candidate for 2016. How about a DeMint/West ticket??? Just sorta thinking out loud.


  4. Longstreet says:

    A bit of an update — SC Gov. Haley is probably going to choose Tim Scott of Charleston, SC, the only black Republican in Congress, to fill DeMint’s vacant seat. (DeMint is said to be pushing Scott.) There is also the possibility that she may choose U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land (A community in my home county in north-central. SC.) Both these men have worked closely with DeMint in DC.


  5. Bloviating Zeppelin says:

    “Wouldn’t it be funny if we are just now discovering that Jim DeMint was the last U.S. Senator to possess COURAGE?”

    You just might be correct. My House rep, Tom McClintock, reigns over such a small piece of the pie as to be primarily un-noticeable. But I will vote for McClintock from now until Doomsday.

    He’s the Last Republican in my state.


  6. Always On Watch says:

    I’m guessing that DeMint’s move out of the Senate is part of a back room strategy. Could a 3rd political party being formed?

  7. Bunkerville says:

    Right now there is no one out there explaining what we are about. Where is this preibus fellow? Boehner is not explaining just threatening conservatives. Maybe this is a good move.

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