Late yesterday, as I jumped into the swirl of soirees at CPAC*, my friend Sean Hackbarth pointed out that one of my interviews yesterday got picked up by the mainstream media. The Hill reported on Senator Jim DeMint’s comments to Hot Air readers regarding his colleagues in the Senate Republican Caucus, as well as his evaluation of moderate Democrats in the upper chamber:
Speaking to conservative blogger Ed Morrissey after his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, DeMint said that centrist Democrats such as Arkansas Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D) and Mark Pryor (D), as well as Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) could be picked off on some votes from the Democratic majority in the Senate.
“We can’t count on 100 percent of Republicans all the time,” DeMint said, “but there are enough Democrats in the senate who understand we’re going in the wrong direction.”
“They’re more afraid of the labor unions than their own constituents,” the conservative South Carolina senator said. “They know what we’re doing is hurting jobs back home, but they’re just afraid of the big money in the Democrat Party.”
DeMint also said that the conservatives in the Senate needed to more aggressively “go after” centrist Republicans such as Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) who joined Democrats to support the stimulus package.
Watch the entire interview here. Senator DeMint always speaks his mind, which makes him such a compelling figure for interviews — and a reliable man in an unreliable business. He makes news, and fortunately we were there to catch it when he did.
Kudos, by the way, to The Hill and Michael O’Brien for giving credit and a link to the source of the material. We’ve seen a couple of outlets go out of their way to avoid doing so, and wind up looking petty and unprofessional. I won’t name names, but let’s say it’s a factor in determining my evening viewing habits.