QUOTE OF THE DAY…. Arguably the Senate’s most right-wing member, Sen. Jim DeMint (R) of South Carolina, argued on CNN this morning that his party was way too liberal when it was in the majority, but it’ll do better next time.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said the Republican Party — even if it regains control only of the House — is “dead” unless it follows Americans’ demands to rein in government spending.
“I came into the Senate in the majority, Candy. Fifty-five senators, large majority in the House, Bush in the White House, and Republicans didn’t do what we said we were going to do,” DeMint said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We spent too much, we borrowed too much. And frankly, if we get the majority again, even if it’s just in the House, and we don’t do what we say, I think the Republican Party is dead.”
DeMint added, “[T]he urgency for me here is the Democrat Party [sic] — and I know this sounds partisan but — are [sic] completely dysfunctional. They’re the left of Europe.”
Now, as a matter of international standards of government, Jim DeMint just isn’t very bright. His grammar needs some work, too.
But the larger point is that DeMint, something of a kingmaker in recent GOP primaries, is absolutely convinced of two things: (1) the Republican Party of the Bush/Cheney era was recklessly liberal; and (2) the American electorate would be thrilled when the GOP governs as radical conservatives dismantling much of United States government.
It’s his right-wing vision, DeMint added, that is “kind of uniting America.”
I’d love to see DeMint put that to the test in a more straightforward way. Why not go into specifics, telling voters before the election precisely how hysterically conservative Republicans would govern if given a chance? If a reactionary, right-wing vision of the country is “kind of uniting America,” and the Republican Party has been just too darn liberal to win elections, why not share the details of that vision and try to reap the rewards?