Why did Sen. Jim DeMint quit the Senate? (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Jim DeMint, one of the tea party’s founding fathers and leading intellectual lights, is leaving the US Senate for the presidency of the Heritage Foundation think tank – a move that some say may give him a greater clout as an arch-conservative voice uninhibited by party leadership. The senator from…



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hyperflow
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hyperflow
3 years 9 months ago

Republican leadership strategy in a nutshell

DeMint: Privatize
McConnell: Pause
Boehner: Update
Huntsman: Rebrand
Ryan: 2016
Rove: Hibernate
Paul: Retire

GOP needs a reboot. Split the teams, regroup in 2020.

Team A) Libertarians: “real freedom”, slash budget, slash military and welfare

Team B) RINOs: the “pro small business” party, balance budget, moderate DIY, keep the EPA

Team C) Tea Party : “christian” values no gays no abortions, war ok, brinksmanship ok

A & B would emerge as an interesting dichotomy. Tea Party would disappear into irrelevance: they have nothing additional to offer other than extremist values that are increasingly losing votes.

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could be for same reason bradley and others quit; wasnt fun anymore. Seriously lacking influence and being addicted to it, just didnt have the fire in the belly anymore. Rats. Ship. Just my .02

zephyr
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zephyr
3 years 9 months ago

Indeed, some believe that by leaving the strictures of the Senate, DeMint may be able to expand his influence even more widely.

Let’s hope not. I prefer the sinking ship scenario. DeMint’s service to the country on the whole has been in the destructive rather than the constructive category.

hyperflow
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hyperflow
3 years 9 months ago

Let’s hope not. I prefer the sinking ship scenario.

Agreed.

And if you can influence political decisions MORE from an unelected position, what would that mean?

slamfu
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slamfu
3 years 9 months ago

The GOP is cleaning house. The nuts are leaving. Assuming they can reach a sane budget deal, I think they are on the road to becoming a party some of us in the middle can believe in again.

EDIT to add: It’s a long, uphill road. But the scenery is majestic.

The_Ohioan
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The_Ohioan
3 years 9 months ago

2016 Wait for it.

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