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Senator DeMint takes parting shot at Boehner

Today Senator DeMint made it crystal clear he’s not on the same page with John Boehner. Via The Hill:

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who shocked Washington on Thursday with the announcement that he would resign his Senate seat in January to become president of the the Heritage Foundation, sent a parting shot at Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over the “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

“I’m not with Boehner,” DeMint said on CNN’s "The Situation Room." “This government doesn’t need any more money, this country needs less government.”


On Tuesday, DeMint released his own statement trashing the GOP plan.

“Speaker Boehner’s $800 billion tax hike will destroy American jobs and allow politicians in Washington to spend even more, while not reducing our $16 trillion debt by a single penny,” he said in a statement. “If neither party leadership is going to put forward a serious plan to balance the budget and pay down the debt, we should end this charade.”

Good for him. Principled conservatives like Senator DeMint, Governor Palin, and others and understand that the nation’s fiscal woes are solely the result of the Washington Establishment’s insatiable appetite for spending (in both parties), not a lack of tax revenue. By purging reliable Tea Party conservatives from leadership positions and adopting Obama’s class warfare rhetoric, Boehner has come out of the closet as little more than a tool of that establishment who’s more than willing to sacrifice his principles (if he has any, that is) if he thinks that will help him maintain his power. But the inevitable result of his duplicity will be to demoralize the very people whose actions resulted in his elevation to the Speakership in 2010, and many of them will stay home in 2014. Boehner better wake up, and soon. If he doesn’t, we’ll be forced to witness the specter of Boehner surrendering the House gavel to Nancy Pelosi in January 2015. I’m not optimistic he will, however.  After all he’s the same guy who did Mitt Romney’s dirty work by stiffing conservatives at the GOP convention.

It’s difficult not to conclude Boehner’s been in Washington way too long. Time for new leadership?

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  • Carolyn Dixon

    good for jim demint.  start calling boehner, cantor and mccarthy for their outrageous policies in kicking conservative congressmen from committees because they didn’t vote boehners way.

  • Isabel Matos

    Good for him!! He is one of the good guys who has always stood up for us. I will never forget when he stayed in Washington on Christmas Eve when everyone else had gone on break, just to make sure nothing would get snuck in while we weren’t watching. This was when OBamaCare was being passed unfairly and you know the rest on that.. I always thought he was an honorable man.

    Im glad he did this. Boehner and all the rest deserve to be told that AND more!

    All I can say is, Yesssssss with my fist swingin down, lOl.

    • Betsey_Ross

      Now he can do it even more at Heritage because it will his job.  I can’t stop smiling.

  • Bill589

    Principles before party. And in the case of the GOPe, principles in opposition to party.

    I’m happy to see more and more patriots stepping up over the last few years.

    • socon

      Without principles we’ve got nothing.   I will not be a part of the GOP’s capitulation.


  • 01_Explorer_01

    Maybe DeMint is removing himself from the system as Sarah often states  to help with unrelentless reform.  Reform the GOPe or a new party from the outside.  Maybe he will work with Sarah for the gutting of Washington of all Rino’s.  I actually have more respect for him today than ever because it shows he has principles over Washington $$$.   He could be quite effective in reaching conservative goals in this position.  Besides I think Sarah thinks its a good move so maybe she knows more in this whole thing than what we do here. Maybe it is just a step in the overall grand revitalization of conservative principles.

  • RedDaveR

       I thought I heard Sen. DeMint say something about not needing a title to make a difference.

      Where have we heard that before?

       Good luck to DeMint.  He has been one of the good ones in the Senate.

  • misterlogic0013

       .. what comes around goes around .. how is it working out for you Mr. Speaker ??

  • Isabel Matos

    John BOEHNER needs to go.. Here’s how you can MAKE IT HAPPEN!

    I took the information from Breitbart News and summarized it for easy reading.

  • Steve_Flesher

    Regardless of what happens, this is absolutely the biggest mess the GOP has ever created.


      Ditto that……a big ol’ mess.  

  • IndieDogg

    No, we do not need new leadership in Washington. We need leadership in Washington, period.

    More to the point, we need true leaders to go to Washington.

    It’s time for a real-life remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, with a new title and a new star.

    Sarah Palin Goes to Washington is the film we’ve all been waiting to see.

  • Larry Doffman

    I think @JimDeMint leaving the senate signals the end of the Republican brand, but not the end of conservative politics. A new party will emerge for people who believe in Tea Party principles, probably the Libertarian Party.

  • GetWhatYouPayFor

    Gov. Palin was called a quitter when she resigned a leadership position. DeMint, in fact will make a lot more money as a result of this move.  I would caution against any premature speculation that this helps Gov. Palin. Heritage has significant establishment ties. Are they lining up the Palin alternatives once again? Do you really think Heritage is going to back a third Party? There is only one potential candidate that all politicians fear. Don’t forget it.

    • 01_Explorer_01

      Allways someone to rain on a parade.  Black helicopters flown by a Paulite?

      • GetWhatYouPayFor

         No color to the helicopters and no Paulite. Parades are usually held well after some great accomplishment is achieved. Too early to strike up the band is all I am saying. You do realize it was the Bushes who founded Heritage, I trust. Glad it exists and admire De Mint but will keep my powder dry on any celebration for Gov. Palin’s prospects as a result of this development.

        • 01_Explorer_01

          We hear from the left….Bush did it, Bush did it, Bush did it!!!!    And from the right it is Bush is plotting this and that.  I think we have bigger problems than this right now.

          The point is there is not a organization out there that passes the perfection test but if if works for Sarah to say something positive then that says something.

          Like Mark Levin said even though we all did not like the "conservative lite" in Bush it is time for both sides to move on from the Bush paranoia.  I don’t care for or care about Bush. 

          If Sarah thinks DeMint is doing the right thing then I have to go with that.

          • GetWhatYouPayFor

             First a Helicopter guy then a Paulite and now paranoid? Think I’ll quit now, just like DeMint.

        • Laddie_Blah_Blah

          "You do realize it was the Bushes who founded Heritage, I trust."

          You do realize that it was Thomas Jefferson who founded the Democratic Party, I trust.

    • idesign2


      • GetWhatYouPayFor

         Very chilly here. Being cautious causes me to check the thermometer before venturing out. Smile!

      • Hap_Mis

        I am with you ID.  I’ve got a print-out on my wall at work.  It is a pyramid of the virtue of agruments as a guide to those that judge debates.  At the top, as memory serves, is attack the central thesis of your opponent.  At the bottom is ad hominem (attack the person, not the argument) and below that, at the absolute bottom, is name-calling.  I may be just an old fogey, but nonetheless it seems to me that this ancient insight is just as appropriate today as it was when it was first advanced.



    "Time for new leadership" ??… betcha !!


    Well DeMint certainly didn’t let the door hit him before he told us how he REALLY felt…..good on him. :)) 

  • SteveBayrd

    On Rush Limbaugh today DeMint and Heritage’s Feulner spoke to Rush. At the end Rush quipped about maybe Boehner thinks he’s pushing DeMint out. Jim DeMint said no… it may be the other way around… BOOM! THAT is Jim DeMint at his best! Watch for impressive moves by Heritage to build strong movements in the conservative-run states to cut the legs from under a depraved DC elitist tyranny.

  • Derek Meche

    We encourage our conservative state electors to NOT attend the elctorial college. IF enough of them sit it out then they would not have a quorum. Without a quorum the election goes to the House of Representatives where conservatives are in the majority. Then can then elect a conservative president and do a LEGAL end run around Obama and his cheating!!

  • Patriot41

    Jim is not the only one who is not with Boehner.  Hopefully there are 31 good republicans left in the House, that will force him to step down as Speaker in January 2013.

    • Carolyn Dixon

       we need to send messages to the tea party conservatives to vote against boehner, cantor and mccarthy.  we only need 16 to vote against them and to nominate someone else.  My husband thinks pelosi could get re-elected if reps don’t vote for boehner.

  • OldmanRick

    Yep, definitely time to dump the fake tanned crybaby, Boinker. Conservatives, start gearing up for the 2014 elections. It’s not too early. We need to start planning to capture more conservativer senator seats and a whole bunch to retain the House.

  • BrianusBerkleianus

    Thanks, Doug!!

    There is no underestimating the potency of IDEAS.

    I think that Sen. DeMint will be forging some powerful Swords of the Mind in his new role as head of the great Heritage Foundation.

    God bless!!

  • Laddie_Blah_Blah

    It is going to be great to have Demint in Washington as a free agent, and not under the thumb of the GOP Senate leadership.  He will do far more good at Heritage than he could have accomplished as a marginalized member of Mitch McConnell’s Senate minority.  It did not take him long to begin shaking things up.

    Wait until 2014.

    • socon

       We have to start soon if we want success in 2014, right?

      • Laddie_Blah_Blah

        Actually, we have an important gubernatorial election right here in Virginia in 2013, with Ken Cuccinelli up against the state GOPe.  Cuccinelli is our current AG, and was one of the first state AGs to file a lawsuit against Obamacare.  

        Gov. McDonnell’s GOPe functionaries replaced the primary election with a state convention to block the will of the people and grease the skids for his Lt. Governor, the GOPe’s selected choice for next year’s gubernatorial election, in lieu of Cuccinelli.  They plan on controlling the convention.  Cuccinelli is gearing up for a convention fight.

        • socon

          No rest for the weary, right?   The destruction of our country seems to be accelerating at such an alarming pace, a 24/7 battle mentality is necessary.

          I know who Cuccinelli is and I respect him immensely.  He would be a great governor.

          I don’t think there’s much difference between the GOPe and democrats–certainly their tactics are the same.

  • Rose Ann King

    If one keeps up with the small, and at many  times meaningless, news reports, there is a path that is being forged for and by Americans. Believe it or not, some of those AMERICANS are political office holders.  Demint is on that path that is pulling away from the usual Demo and Repub established parties.

    Watch what is going on in the Senate.  The words the media prints don’t matter. For the most part, the words come from the mouths of news drones.   Obama Does Not Matter.  Pay attention to the war being waged because there is one!. 

    There is a NEW ground swell which includes the Tea Party, AND a few and very powerful political office holders who are not bought and paid for my the devil of politics.  We do have some Americans in office who love their country. Let’s give them a chance.

    On the other hand, let’s also be ready to "string the rope" for the already well know traitors who do hold office. Harry Reid comes easly to mind.

    • socon

       So does Nanzi!

  • socon

     Remember 2010?   We clobbered you.  See you in 2014.

  • socon

    You fascist democrats created slavery and the KKK in the U.S.  Read a d@mn book once in a while.

  • Mary Beth House

     You do know the KKK is a Democrat construct, right?

  • socon

    No, but you’ve obviously flushed your brains down the toilet like the rest of your braindead leftist buddies.

  • socon

    Go away troll. 

  • socon

    You’re just bitter because your food stamps and welfare don’t go very far.

  • Freempg

    The troll can start with this book, socon.

    The Liberal Mind: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness.
    by Lyle Rossiter, MD


    “Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded.”

    “Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave.”

  • Mary Beth House


  • socon

     Great book, but I think it’s going to take an exorcism for the left to see the evil of their ways.

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