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December 15, 2010

AN UNEXPECTED MOMENT OF CANDOR.... Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) talked to Fox News this afternoon, and reflected on his shameless obstructionism:

"What I'm trying to do is help run out the clock."

Finally, we get the truth.

This is an unusually straightforward exercise -- Senate Democrats have a list of things they want to do before the Congress wraps up for the year; Senate Republicans oppose those things. As a result, Dems keep trying to advance their priorities, while conservatives like DeMint make a mockery of the legislative process with nonsensical obstructionism.

If you approve of these priorities, you probably find this exasperating. If not, you might like DeMint's antics, at least in an ends-justify-the-means kind of way.

But in either case, the players should at least be grown-ups about what's transpiring. This has nothing to do with Christmas, winter breaks, overworked staffers, or "sacrilege." This is simply about right-wing senators hoping that if they just make the legislative process a little more ridiculous, Democrats will give up and go home without having completed the people's business. It's a simple game of chicken, and irresponsible conservative senators think more tantrums will cause Dems to blink. So far, that's not the case.

By his own admission, DeMint is trying to do is "help run out the clock." If Jon Kyl and others want to know why they, like most of their constituents, are having to work throughout December, they need look no further than the junior senator from South Carolina.

Steve Benen 4:40 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (14)

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We might as well pick over the issue, what could Democrats have done better to keep most of this from happening, why didn't they, etc. (With due regard for the pressure not to change things too much, much of it "informal" and perhaps risky etc.)

Posted by: neil b on December 15, 2010 at 4:44 PM | PERMALINK

DeMint is shameless because the media doesn't call him out. He doesn't care what voters say and he sure as hell doesn't care what Democrats say.

Posted by: Alli on December 15, 2010 at 4:46 PM | PERMALINK

Senator "Fewer brains than a Junior Mint" isn't even smart enough to come up with a plausible excuse. He sure is expert at asshattery though.

Posted by: fourlegsgood on December 15, 2010 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

"...Run out the clock". This is what we the people pay these jerks for and they have the audacity to say that the unemployed do not really want to work so let's just fuck the lazy bastards and their families over. These fucks have no shame because they know the ignorant bastards that elected them are beyond stupid as proved by past Nov. elections.

Posted by: Chris on December 15, 2010 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Hmm, he plays the "Christmas Card" then admits it's just an excuse...that comes pretty close to breaking 2 of the 10 commandments (Don't take the Lord's name in vain, and don't bear false witness).

But, I suppose, when you're battling godless democrats, the ends always justify the means and all is always forgiven.

Posted by: delNorte on December 15, 2010 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

Jim DeMented ought a be horsewhipped, that's how they used to do it down in his neck of the woods. Damned uppity Rethug

Posted by: Pis*ed off liberal on December 15, 2010 at 5:15 PM | PERMALINK

It's amazing that "vacation time" might be the thing that ends Republican obstructionism.

Good to see they have principles.

Posted by: Steve on December 15, 2010 at 5:17 PM | PERMALINK

I take back every criticism I've ever made of Harry Reid. What horrible shit-headed Republicans he has to deal with.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on December 15, 2010 at 5:19 PM | PERMALINK

That this ignoramus is one of the leading lights of the Republicans tells you all you need to know about these heartless, cynical motherfuckers.

If there were any justice, the devestation that their policies are about to unleash on us would be limited to the fools who voted for them...if only.

Posted by: marty on December 15, 2010 at 5:24 PM | PERMALINK

Palin/DeMint 2012!


Posted by: Zorro on December 15, 2010 at 5:57 PM | PERMALINK

Look at the bright side, if the Republican senators are stuck in DC, they're NOT at home raising funds for re-election!
I know, I know, that's reaching...

Posted by: Doug on December 15, 2010 at 6:50 PM | PERMALINK

We finally get the truth because DeMint said it? Everyone and his brother already knew that regardless of an open admission.

Posted by: sparrow on December 15, 2010 at 6:53 PM | PERMALINK

If they are wondering why they underperformed in the Senate races, too, they need look no further than the South Carolina Senator.

Posted by: bob h on December 16, 2010 at 6:33 AM | PERMALINK

Hello.This article was extremely remarkable, especially since I was looking for thoughts on this matter last couple of days.

Posted by: Tiera Tashjian on March 19, 2011 at 12:57 PM | PERMALINK



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