CPAC Interview: Senator Jim DeMint

posted at 10:17 am on February 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Senator Jim DeMint visited Bloggers Row here at CPAC after his morning speech, and he spoke frankly about Barack Obama’s economic policy and the three Republicans who allowed Porkulus to pass. , DeMint says that he would encourage primary challengers for Republicans who fail to uphold the core values of the party, and especially for those who ended any hope of real bipartisan negotiation:

Senator DeMint runs the Senate Conservatives Fund, and he pledges to use it in 2010 to elect true conservatives to the Senate. He also emphasized the need to fight on all fronts until then.


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He should have the guts to call for the three TRAITORS to be expelled by Steele from all funds and should call for thier removal from caucasing with Republicans… Let thenm go to where they belong, with the Socialists…

I have no time for talk, DeMint is great, but a typical politition, talk, but no action…

If he really meant it, he would use his power to force the TRAITORS out now…

Not in 2010 or later after they do more damage..

Take a stand… no more TALK!

So I’m NOT impressed, even though I like him…

Mark Garnett on February 27, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Why in the world is this guy not the minority leader in the Senate? He’s one of the finest Senators this nation has. He probably won’t run for President, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him become one of the leaders in the Senate, or possibly a VP pick. Palin/DeMint wouldn’t look too bad. :)

NicSteel on February 27, 2009 at 10:26 AM

DeMint should be the minority leader in the senate. He’s a great conservative.

jencab on February 27, 2009 at 10:26 AM

DeMint should be the minority leader in the senate. He’s a great conservative.

jencab on February 27, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Look, he IS a Conservative… and I like him…

But as I said and really mean, HE IS WEAK, as are all current Republicans if they do not throw the TRAITOR THREE out of the party NOW, not down the raod… NOW!

Mark Garnett on February 27, 2009 at 10:28 AM

To anyone who attended CPAC….

Was there any talk of a Conservative 3rd party? Either a new party or split from the old GOP? As Glenn Beck pointed out last night 40% of the earmarks in Omnibus are from Republicans! I really don’t think I can vote Republican again and I sure won’t vote Democrat.

PrincipledPilgrim on February 27, 2009 at 10:31 AM

I have no time for talk, DeMint is great, but a typical politition, talk, but no action…

Exactly. I hear Steele doing the same thing. The words sound good but ring hollow.

I’m looking for the bull in the china shop right now.

PrincipledPilgrim on February 27, 2009 at 10:33 AM

To anyone who attended CPAC….

Was there any talk of a Conservative 3rd party? Either a new party or split from the old GOP? As Glenn Beck pointed out last night 40% of the earmarks in Omnibus are from Republicans! I really don’t think I can vote Republican again and I sure won’t vote Democrat.

PrincipledPilgrim on February 27, 2009 at 10:31 AM

The rantings of a raving lunatic can be quite musical.

I really feel your steam but it’s not enough to drive an engine; you’re just fogging up the windows.

The Race Card on February 27, 2009 at 10:35 AM

To anyone who attended CPAC….

Was there any talk of a Conservative 3rd party? Either a new party or split from the old GOP? As Glenn Beck pointed out last night 40% of the earmarks in Omnibus are from Republicans! I really don’t think I can vote Republican again and I sure won’t vote Democrat.

PrincipledPilgrim on February 27, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Exactly my point about DeMint… We talk the talk, but FAIL to walk the walk and STOP BEING DEM-LITE!!! Grow a set and STOP the spending, cut the TRAITORS and fight back and slow the Messias radical agenda, instead of caving in…

COWARDS, all of them…

Mark Garnett on February 27, 2009 at 10:35 AM

But as I said and really mean, HE IS WEAK, as are all current Republicans if they do not throw the TRAITOR THREE out of the party NOW, not down the raod… NOW!

Have you written RNC? I have. So have many others.

They’re not liiiissteniiiinnng. Time to MOVE ON and form our own Conservative party.

PrincipledPilgrim on February 27, 2009 at 10:36 AM

The rantings of a raving lunatic can be quite musical.

I really feel your steam but it’s not enough to drive an engine; you’re just fogging up the windows.

I’m open to your suggestions……….

PrincipledPilgrim on February 27, 2009 at 10:37 AM

The rantings of a raving lunatic can be quite musical.

I really feel your steam but it’s not enough to drive an engine; you’re just fogging up the windows.

The Race Card on February 27, 2009 at 10:35 AM

And you would have us do what exactly? Same people, same results… Same get along to get along crowd as the Titanic sinks…

I don’t think so… Bold strokes, stark contrasts!!!!

Real Leaders…

Mark Garnett on February 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

The rantings of a raving lunatic can be quite musical.

I really feel your steam but it’s not enough to drive an engine; you’re just fogging up the windows.

The Race Card on February 27, 2009 at 10:35 AM

+1

califcon on February 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

OT: RINO Specter introduces bill to allow embryonic stem cell research. This will override Bush’s veto.

faraway on February 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Have you written RNC? I have. So have many others.

They’re not liiiissteniiiinnng. Time to MOVE ON and form our own Conservative party.

PrincipledPilgrim on February 27, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Called EVERY Republican congressman and even a few Blue Dogs… Faxed, called the RNC to demand Steele cut off the TRAITOR THREE, e-mailed family, friends… Everyone that would listen…

the RNC does not care what Conservatives think, they ignored the MILLIONS of calls they got about the 3… Our Congressmen and Senators ignored the MILLIONS of calls and of course the THREE TRAITORS ignored their duty to stop the Messiah and the radical left…

Time to clean house… even Steele sucks…

Mark Garnett on February 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM

+1

califcon on February 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Your suggestions Mr Smart Butt?

What would you have us do…

Continue to be ignored?

While the Allah’s, Broders and Brookes of the party drive us off the cliff…

I’m getting off the bus before that happens!

Mark Garnett on February 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Well Mark, pioneer life is lonely, eh?

The Indians are firing arrows but I’m not hearing any new ideas, are you?

PrincipledPilgrim on February 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM

OT: RINO Specter introduces bill to allow embryonic stem cell research. This will override Bush’s veto.

faraway on February 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM

More proof that I am right… This idiot TRAITOR must be tossed out with the other garbage…

Why doesn’t anyone else see this trend…

Are you all RINO’s?

Mark Garnett on February 27, 2009 at 10:45 AM

I lived in PA for over a decade and I voted for Specter… but I had really no idea why I was voting for him other than the fact that he was the better alternative to whomever he was running against.

I voted for Santorum and supported him and I knew exactly why I was doing so.

In what way is Specter a Republican? On what issue is his view different from a Democrat? I honestly do not know.

myrenovations on February 27, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Mark Garnett on February 27, 2009 at 10:43 AM

Just for starters, you might consider switching to decaf.

You sound like a lunatic in your comments here and, if this is the tone you use when contacting RNC, Congress, etc., you can hardly blame them for ignoring you.

califcon on February 27, 2009 at 10:47 AM

I am still waiting for some fresh ideas. /drumming fingers

Oh, oh, I hear a song in the distance,

“All we are saying…. is give peace a chance…”

PrincipledPilgrim on February 27, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Just for starters, you might consider switching to decaf.

You sound like a lunatic in your comments here and, if this is the tone you use when contacting RNC, Congress, etc., you can hardly blame them for ignoring you.

califcon on February 27, 2009 at 10:47 AM

I’m a lunatic for not wanting the destruction of America, our values, our freedoms, our guns, talk radio, speech, borders, language, culture, work ethics, security…

I’ll wear that as a badge of honor then…

Thank you!

Mark Garnett on February 27, 2009 at 10:51 AM

DeMint is a rare gem in Washington

vdocam on February 27, 2009 at 10:52 AM

DeMint is a rare gem in Washington

vdocam on February 27, 2009 at 10:52 AM

Here would be a polished, perfect gem…

1) Tell the Republican leadership he would no longer participate in ANY function with the three TRAITORS…

2) Publicaly denounce them and call for their removal from the (R) party…

3) Announce plans that he will activly work to unseat them in any future election…

Now that would be a gem… a diamond!

Mark Garnett on February 27, 2009 at 10:56 AM

DeMint is a rare gem in Washington

I wholeheartedly agree that there are some rare gems amongst the rubble up there. But the bigger question is whether they are best served and are we best served in the same party with the likes of these other RINOs. Rhetoric is a great thing but if it doesn’t have legs, what good is it.

When I think of DeMint and others, I get the picture of Fred Flintstone with their feet running and going nowhere.

PrincipledPilgrim on February 27, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Mark,
The Indians seem to have retreated. When I hear the better ideas, I’ll step out and surrender. Will you?

PrincipledPilgrim on February 27, 2009 at 10:58 AM

OT: RINO Specter introduces bill to allow embryonic stem cell research. This will override Bush’s veto.

faraway on February 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM

That might be one thing I agree with Specter on ha

Libertarian Joseph on February 27, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Mr. DeMint is a great Senator, however…I think he would not be the best choice as a 2012 candidate. Owing to the fierce battle (not a fan mind you) that Hillary waged and almost won (cheaters ala Hussein do win) and the Lib’s facination with the election first “half-black” president. A Jindal/Palin or vice-versa would mollify the Libs. I’m not sure about those crazy Jews, 3/4′s of their vote went to an apparent Jew hater. A woman and an Eastern-Indian-American (with birth certificate) would be a hard ticket hard to beat…especially since Hussein is beating himself lately.

A plus also for the far-left cartoonist, they could do “Slum Dog Millionaire” cartoons and get away with it. Al Sharpton would giggle I’m sure.

JoeySlippers on February 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM

JoeySlippers on February 27, 2009 at 11:09 AM

American Jews will see the “light” from afar, once Iran has the bomb… And with Obamby as Liar-In-Chief, they will…

American Jews and freedom loving Americans of all stripes, will see and stand and fight back this radical and his cult.

Mark Garnett on February 27, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Mr. DeMint is but one of a precious few who are doggedly determined to bring the GOP back from the edge of the precipice and move it along a more solid footing. For that reason alone he deserves respect and recognition for his efforts.

Every single person, whether part of the political machinery or everyday regular American like you and me, who takes some action, large or small, to try to right the wrongs of the past, should have our 1000% support.

We hit bottom long ago. There are a few Congressional GOP’ers who are still groveling mindlessly down there, but the next election in 2010 should hopefully find those few biting dust.

Now is the time, and we need to be aware every step along the way ‘back’ of those who are truly making a positive difference…..

Ed Morrissey is one who deserves such recognition. I was hugely sceptical of his move over here, closing down Captain’s Quarters and becoming one of the Hot Air commentators. Ed, along with the indefatigabile and dedicated AllahPundit, provides a foundation for starting my day sanely.

I have to admit that without these folks, Rush Limbaugh and Jason Lewis added in their own realms, I now enjoy a sanity filter so fine tuned that I can actually listen to and/or read daily news reports about the state of our nation and failing economy without running from the room plagued by the screaming meemies!

Thanks, guys. :-p

KendraWilder on February 27, 2009 at 4:06 PM

I think he would be a great choice JoeySlippers. He should have been the R Senate leader over the last eight years. He could have helped keep W in line.
I really hope he changes his mind in the next three years and decides to run with Palin in the veep slot.

oakpack on February 27, 2009 at 4:58 PM