Jim DeMint: Absolute, Born-Again, Bible Believing Christian

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“Well, I've been in the Senate majority with Republicans who didn't have principles, and we embarrassed ourselves and lost credibility in front of the country."

"Frankly, I'm at a point where I'd rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause.”

God Bless Senator Jim DeMint!

A day after saying the GOP had united headed into the fall elections, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint laid out a sweeping indictment of Washington Republicans on Thursday, accusing party leaders of quietly trying to discredit conservatives and undermine their chances at the polls.

In a fundraising solicitation sent to supporters, DeMint said the Washington establishment had “launched an all-out assault” on him for backing the “principled” Christine O’Donnell, the conservative Republican who shocked moderate Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) but now has imperiled the party’s chances of winning the Delaware Senate seat in the fall.

“They say she can't win and that by supporting her, I've helped lose the seat for Republicans,” DeMint said. “Well, I've been in the majority with Republicans who didn't have principles, and we embarrassed ourselves and lost credibility in front of the country. Frankly, I'm at a point where I'd rather lose fighting for the right cause than win fighting for the wrong cause.”

And he highlighted anonymous comments Republicans have made criticizing him in the press, saying such attacks “are really against you and the thousands of freedom-loving Americans in Delaware who supported Christine.”

“National Republicans are not going to invest real money in this race and her primary opponent, Rep. Mike Castle, is refusing to endorse her,” DeMint wrote to supporters of his political action committee, the Senate Conservatives Fund. “The dirty little secret in Washington is that the establishment is quietly rooting for Christine to lose so they can continue to peddle their discredited line that conservatives cannot win.”

The comments are a striking departure from his calls for unity the day before – as party leaders sought to put their differences behind them to take down the Democratic majority in the fall elections.

“We’re united,” DeMint said Wednesday, referring to him and the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, John Cornyn. “We’re supporting our candidates. Cornyn and I are together. There is no distance between us on any of our candidates. I think we’re going to go from here with the best slate of Senate candidates we’ve had in a long time.”

Republicans say DeMint is giving himself too much credit for O’Donnell’s victory, given that he only threw his support behind her 72 hours before voters went to the polls and after she surged from enthusiasm from tea party activists.

The Gay, PRO_GAY, Country Club and Baby-Killing Republicans pinned the blame on DeMint for working against their party’s effort to regain the Senate majority, saying he’s more concerned about building his national profile than electing more Republicans. Behind closed doors, DeMint has even questioned whether Republicans are ready to be the majority party in the Senate.

“I think what happens is when we have a few that vote with the Obama agenda, it defines the whole Republican Party,” DeMint told reporters Wednesday.

One of those who occasionally votes with the Obama agenda is GOP Sen. Olympia Snowe, the Maine moderate who said the party needs to be more diverse in order to become a successful national party.

"There has to be room for moderates if we want to be a majority party,” Snowe said in the Capitol Thursday. “I think in final analysis, you have to appeal to independents. … I’ve always been a Republican, last time I checked."

And Brian Walsh, NRSC spokesman, downplayed DeMint's comments.

“Fundraising e-mails aside, Sen. Cornyn and Sen. DeMint have a good relationship and have spoken on several occasions since the conclusion of the Delaware primary Tuesday night," Walsh said. "They are committed, as are all of our Republican leaders, to holding the Democrats accountable and working to regain a majority in the Senate. With the primary season behind us, now is the time for Republicans to come together, work together, and win together in November.”

===== South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint accidentally walked into a room full of lobbyists Wednesday morning and declared that “Republicans are not prepared to take over the Senate,” according to people in the room.

Some Republicans agree — and say he may be part of the reason why.

PAC, the Senate Conservatives Fund, was on pace to raise $100,000 by the end of Wednesday, with an initial goal of dumping $174,000 into the race.

Even though some Republicans were looking to make DeMint a scapegoat for Castle’s shocking loss, some downplayed his late endorsement, which came after O’Donnell gained momentum from tea party activists.

“I don’t think Sen. DeMint put Christine O’Donnell into office,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn of Texas. “I think it was the primary voters in Delaware.”Continue ReadingText Size

Despite turmoil in the ranks, Republicans are publicly trying to project an image of party unity.

DeMint, Cornyn and McConnell signaled that they were unified behind GOP candidates across the country: The NRSC quickly gave O’Donnell $42,000 in campaign money, and McConnell contributed $5,000 more.

But behind the scenes, DeMint and the NRSC are still repairing alliances after a bruising primary season in which eight candidates backed by the Washington establishment fell to an insurgent flock of upstarts backed by the tea party. DeMint threw his support behind several of the more conservative candidates, including Ken Buck in Colorado and Rand Paul in Kentucky, and such conservative candidates have given Democrats hope that GOP primary voters have nominated candidates surely to be rejected by the more mainstream electorate.

DeMint rejects the notion that his candidates will lose — he even predicted a win for O’Donnell and other conservative candidates. DeMint’s philosophy is that it’s time for the GOP to return to its roots of limited government and fiscal responsibility, arguing that there’s little point in nominating Republicans who might vote with Democrats on fiscal issues.

But DeMint also knows he has a PR job to do.

On Wednesday, he did a steady stream of television interviews — and he accidentally walked into a room full of lobbyists and some House members who were expecting to hear about energy and telecommunications issues Wednesday morning. When he started speaking about whether Republicans were ready to take back the Senate, he suddenly realized he was in the wrong place and politely exited the room.

Afterward, DeMint elaborated why he believed Republicans in Washington may not be ready to return to power.

“I was just putting out a question because if the idea is we’ve got to field people who don’t agree with us in order to get the majority, that doesn’t make any sense,” DeMint said in an interview. He later said he believed Republicans “might” not be ready to run the Senate. Asked to respond, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Arizona said the GOP was “absolutely” ready.

While he says he’s standing up for conservative principles, he’s clearly gone against the grain in the tradition-bound Senate.

Last winter on the Senate floor, New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg confronted DeMint and urged him to stay out of the New Hampshire primary.

DeMint did not.

Late last week, about 72 hours before Election Day, DeMint threw his support behind Ovide Lamontagne over Gregg’s choice of Kelly Ayotte — who narrowly won Tuesday’s race.Continue Reading

“I don’t think outside endorsements had any impact,” said Gregg, who is retiring from the Senate.

Asked about Gregg’s request, DeMint was unapologetic and smiled: “We all make suggestions to each other; sometimes we take them, and sometimes we don’t. He’s a good friend, and we’ll miss him.”

And while DeMint may head into next year with a small but loyal band of rebels, he’s at odds with a broad swath of the Senate Republican Conference.

“This is a classic example of where defeating the most electable conservative candidate would be a bad move — in my view,” said the senior GOP senator from South Carolina, Lindsey Graham, discussing the Delaware race in which he backed Castle. “It’s one thing to purify the party. It’s another thing to build coalitions. Ideological purity has to have some boundaries because the country is fairly center-right, that’s my view.”

Retiring Sen. George Voinovich, a moderate from Ohio, said: “I think there needs to be a more moderate voice speaking about the fact that this is a big country with a lot of diverse opinions, that we Republicans have different strains in us like Democrats do.”

DeMint insisted that Castle would have done more harm than good to Republican causes.

“What I hear all across the country is we didn’t do what we said we’re going to do” when Republicans were in the majority, he said. “If we do that again, if we are entrusted with a majority again, even in the House, and we don’t do it, I think what happens is when we have a few that vote with the Obama agenda, it defines the whole Republican Party.”

Asked if he were concerned that O’Donnell’s nomination could cost his party a seat, DeMint said he wasn’t “interested in political ideology or party right now. We need people up here to understand we’ve got to get back to limited government, and we can’t afford to have other Republicans who don’t get the message.”

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