QUOTE OF THE DAY…. Last week, Sen. Jim DeMint (R) of South Carolina, arguably the chamber’s most right-wing member, told an audience at the National Press Club that the United States is currently “about where Germany was before World War II.” Everything about his remarks — the sense of history, the understanding of current events, the philosophy — was a special kind of stupid.

But DeMint seems quite pleased with himself, and keeps churning out new and creative insanity.

In an interview with the evangelical World Magazine titled “The Taxpayers’ Greatest Ally,” Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) had some interesting things to say about his work with his colleagues in the Senate:

“I am not going to be able to persuade my colleagues to do the right things, so I am just going to have to create pain.”

Okay, that is a bit intense. However, it may not even be the most intense statement from Sen. DeMint this week. On a conference call this morning, DeMint discussed health care reform: “”This health care issue Is D-Day for freedom in America… If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.”

I’m not quite sure what all of this means, but it sounds rather twisted.

Update: An emailer asks why I find DeMint so scary, considering he’s the fringe member of a small minority. It’s a fair point. But in the larger context, DeMint is one part Cheney, one part Limbaugh, and two parts Jesse Helms. His seat is very likely one of the safest in the chamber, which suggests he’s going to be around for a long while, saying insane things and pushing ridiculous ideas into the conservative mainstream.

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