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July 17, 2009

QUOTE OF THE DAY.... Last week, Sen. Jim DeMint (R) of South Carolina, arguably the chamber's most right-wing member, told an audience at the National Press Club that the United States is currently "about where Germany was before World War II." Everything about his remarks -- the sense of history, the understanding of current events, the philosophy -- was a special kind of stupid.

But DeMint seems quite pleased with himself, and keeps churning out new and creative insanity.

In an interview with the evangelical World Magazine titled "The Taxpayers' Greatest Ally," Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) had some interesting things to say about his work with his colleagues in the Senate:

"I am not going to be able to persuade my colleagues to do the right things, so I am just going to have to create pain."

Okay, that is a bit intense. However, it may not even be the most intense statement from Sen. DeMint this week. On a conference call this morning, DeMint discussed health care reform: ""This health care issue Is D-Day for freedom in America... If we're able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him."

I'm not quite sure what all of this means, but it sounds rather twisted.

Update: An emailer asks why I find DeMint so scary, considering he's the fringe member of a small minority. It's a fair point. But in the larger context, DeMint is one part Cheney, one part Limbaugh, and two parts Jesse Helms. His seat is very likely one of the safest in the chamber, which suggests he's going to be around for a long while, saying insane things and pushing ridiculous ideas into the conservative mainstream.

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That's really delusional. And desperate.

I love it, except for the creepy/scary factor.

Posted by: TheOtherWA on July 17, 2009 at 3:24 PM | PERMALINK

The Know Nothing party never died.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on July 17, 2009 at 3:28 PM | PERMALINK

You say DeMint and I say demented. Close enough.

Posted by: markg8 on July 17, 2009 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

Hilarious. In his analogy, he is the Nazis dug in the beach, not the advancing American army. Otherwise, he'd be using language like "breaking through" or "smashing through" rather than "if we're able to stop Obama it will be his Waterloo". That also means that freedom is the outcome of a successful "D-Day" (healthcare reform), and that is what DeMint is trying to prevent.

And he's right. Passing healthcare reform will be akin to D-Day for advancing freedom, as relief from worrying about the financial burdens of healthcare will be a tremendously freeing state of mind for Americans. Who knows what decisions the American people might come around to making with the positive effects of healthcare reform rippling through the American psyche.

Posted by: Dismayed Liberal on July 17, 2009 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

Another racist cracker. And as I'm in Georgia, I know a racist cracker.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on July 17, 2009 at 3:39 PM | PERMALINK

Yep, DeMint really got us with that "Waterloo" comment, I am sure the Senate will stop all work on the health care plan now. Nobody I know really understands why Republicans keep saying these kinds of things that really don't matter.

Posted by: Kurt on July 17, 2009 at 3:43 PM | PERMALINK

This is so damn frustrating: here I am -- old English professor and appellate attorney that I be -- and never did either career teach me a term pejorative enough to capture Jim DeMint. Shoot.

Posted by: lotus on July 17, 2009 at 3:44 PM | PERMALINK

Dismayed is correct that Dement'd is confused about his D-Day analogy.

On the other time the Waterloo analogy is correct, though I imagine that Obama is going to be fine whether he gets health care or not.

Posted by: Lance on July 17, 2009 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

"a term pejorative enough to capture Jim DeMint."

I understand your frustration. :)

Posted by: TheOtherWA on July 17, 2009 at 3:47 PM | PERMALINK

Who knew that he was an Abba fan? Amazing...

Think what an inspiration he must be for stumps everywhere... just knowing that someone as dumb as they are could go to Congress.

Posted by: biggerbox on July 17, 2009 at 3:56 PM | PERMALINK

Congresscritters-right and left alike- spend too much time in their insular world. Surrounded by like thinking 'yes men' staff, pocketing bundles of cash from sycophantic K Street toadies, admiring their world class hair in their Mirror, Mirror on the Wall; it's little wonder that they need to frequently get back home, to "listen to their constituents".

Mostly constituents who Want Something. . .

Posted by: DAY on July 17, 2009 at 4:04 PM | PERMALINK

DeMint -- couldn't find his ass with both hands -- dumber'n a bag of hammers, slam up with dumbass...

he is a breathless example of the banality of evil -- and vice versa...

if he grew a few brain cells, became as smart as his dog, it'd be tragic -- he'd die of shame.

my weekend is already ruined knowing i live in a universe with such mean, heartless stoopidity...

nah, i'll get over it -- demint won't tho...

Posted by: neill on July 17, 2009 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

So DeMint sees the Republicans as the Nazis, waiting after WWII to stop Napoleon's return to power. It's all clear now.

(Though to be fair, "D-Day" can be the start of any operation; it's not just THE D-Day of June, 1944.)

Posted by: ambivalentmaybe on July 17, 2009 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

What it means is, when DeMint was a little boy, someone meanly pulled pages out of his Big Book of History, and then glued them back in. Haphazardly.

Posted by: zhak on July 17, 2009 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

Senator Wolverine is one of that creepy group that Ensign and Sanford belong too, right? Because it would explain a lot.

Posted by: gf120581 on July 17, 2009 at 4:29 PM | PERMALINK

Maybe the Senator is related to the Dementors of the Harry Potter series.

Posted by: threegoal on July 17, 2009 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

DeMint just admitted what I knew all along. Republicans plan to vote against health-care reform en masse, as usual.

Their delaying tactics and lies are being used to kill the bill.

The useless amendments they are adding are used to weaken the bill.

If healthcare reform passes, they are essentially finished.

Their goal since January 20,2009 has been to break Obama.

They have no patriotism.

They have no god(s) except power and money.

They are the $h!t we flush after using the toilet.

Posted by: majii on July 17, 2009 at 4:43 PM | PERMALINK

All dark, dirty, and demented references aside -- I prefer to think folks like DeMint are either unwilling or unable to understand the health needs of regular people. Of course, if he and his friends DO understand those needs and choose to ignore them, well, one can only say the take joy in the pain of others.

Posted by: Kurt on July 17, 2009 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

Stay focused on the people and what they want DeMint...sure am glad it's not all political gain with you...that you are concerned with the good of the people rather than being an arm chair quarterback general willing to sacrifice everyone else just to get his way so he can say I win...but it's not a game with you thank god huh.

If the dems win on healthcare it will make them too popular with the people right...it's like you are saying if there are 99 insane senators in the room and you're the only sane one...who's really insane? Made quite a bit of 'prosperity' as a senator eh and now think you're just untouchable and can say and do anything you like eh DeMint...even to thinking you're mean, like a little child throwing a tantrum. It gets harder and harder for your constituents to justify you being their senator when every time you speak, stupidity drips off your tongue. Best go back for another martini and STFU while you still have a job.

Posted by: bjobotts on July 17, 2009 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

If the media, and even bloggers, didn't publicize this man's mad ravings (and those of Buchanan, Coulter et al), it wouldn't be news and nobody would hear it. Writing about it helps push it into the mainstream, makes it part of the dialogue. I say, ignore the ignoramuses.

Posted by: Frak on July 17, 2009 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

"Demented forever"!

Gawd I love that movie.

Posted by: The Galloping Trollop on July 17, 2009 at 5:13 PM | PERMALINK

"They have no god(s) except power and money.
Posted by: majii on July 17, 2009 at 4:43 PM"


I think they have one more god you didn't mention:
patronage in the form of jobs for all their unemployable, uneducated base voters / election time door-knocking pamphlet peddlers.

Posted by: Bill on July 17, 2009 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

Here's the Republican version of history in a nutshell:

About 6000 years ago, G_d created Adam and Eve. America created Freedom in 1776. We got to keep our guns. The North won the War Between the States (Damnyankees.)

Somewhere around this time Darwin and Marx came along and gave ideological underpinnings for Hitler and Stalin.

Then, FDR came along with his socialism and made the Great Depression worse.

Then, those pussy Europeans started appeasing and caving in to Hitler. "Let's just try to understand him," they said. "Peace at any price!" they cried, as they wrung their hands. But Hitler invaded France anyway, and France bent over backwards to let him in. Bunch of cheese eating surrender monkeys.

Then Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, and that's when the United States started kicking ass and dropped the bomb. Harry Truman was unpopular, but history vindicated him.

Then Reagan defeated the Soviet Union where other presidents failed. Carter came before Reagan and he SUCKED.

Clinton came after Reagan. "Slick Willie" they called him. Yep, he was a real slickster. He would get blowjobs in the White House and lie about it. He came all over one chick's blue dress.

And that's not all Clinton did! He bombed a pill factory in Africa gutted the CIA. This allowed 9-11 to happen.

9-11 was a true tragedy and started the GWOT. Afterwards, Americans got sick of Clinton, and kicked him out. George W. Bush came in and had to clean things up. He kept America safe for 8 years running. W. kicked some Taliban and Al Qaeda ass. W understood we had to fight them over there so we wouldn't have to fight them here. W also toppled Saddam Hussein, Al Qaeda's state sponsor.

Unfortunately, Barack Obama, a socialist muslim, became president. Now he is turning America into Germany before WWII. Those who don't understand history are doomed to repeat it.

Posted by: garnash on July 17, 2009 at 5:41 PM | PERMALINK

Hmmmm...DeMint might be around for awhile? I dunno - I took a look at his photo and, well, let's just say he looks ripe for a sex scandal any day now. Not because he's hot (Lord no!), but because he's of the right age and political leaning to have some sexy skeletons in his closet. Wide stance, perhaps? Or a soulmate we don't yet know about?

Posted by: Limbaugh's Diabetes on July 17, 2009 at 5:53 PM | PERMALINK

Oh, and as a follow up to my last posting:


Posted by: Limbaugh's Diabetes on July 17, 2009 at 6:23 PM | PERMALINK

garnash: I salute you.

You left out that the Republicans of the 1930s were appeasers too ... oh, right. Never mind.

Posted by: zhak on July 17, 2009 at 8:16 PM | PERMALINK

Let them loose with all the krazy talk they can muster. Guys like DeMint and Sessions are in safe seats, but their ignorance and open racism tarnishes Republicans everywhere.

Posted by: Baldrick on July 17, 2009 at 9:22 PM | PERMALINK

"His seat is very likely one of the safest in the chamber" it does not say much about the fools electing him.

Posted by: veloer on July 17, 2009 at 9:51 PM | PERMALINK

"His seat is very likely one of the safest in the chamber" it does not say much about the fools electing him.

We're trying. I met a guy who's running for Demint's seat at an OFA meeting. Yeah, it's probably a long shot, but in two years, who knows?

Posted by: Jurgan on July 17, 2009 at 11:35 PM | PERMALINK

Hold on! When he said he would have to "create pain" because nobody would listen to him, maybe he meant FOR HIMSELF! Maybe he's going to set himself on fire like in the footage of that monk in orange robes during the Vietnam War. Like John Boehner's compulsive blubbering in public, perhaps he's planning a public cry for attention! You can never tell what crazy people might be about to do, which is part of what makes them so much fun to watch from a safe distance. Maybe he'll let a big mean snake bite him in the face, or invite Harry Reid to kick him in the balls. Say what you like about the Republicans, they know how to provide quality entertainment when the networks are clogged with bullshit reality shows like Rush's veins are clogged with cookie dough.

Posted by: Mark on July 18, 2009 at 1:27 AM | PERMALINK
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