The subject line of a DNC email to supporters today: “Leader DeMint.”
Communications director Brad Woodhouse emails the list with tales of the South Carolina senator and a request for money:
There might be some Republicans who are concerned about the radical ideologues pushing their party toward extremism, but Sen. Jim DeMint isn’t one of them.
In race after race, he’s gone out of his way to endorse and offer support to a group of extreme candidates who believe that we should eliminate the minimum wage, end Social Security, and do away with civil rights protections.
And Jim DeMint is just like them — he might even be worse.
Just look at what he said this weekend: Speaking at a rally in South Carolina he told a group of conservatives that gays, lesbians, and some unmarried women shouldn’t be allowed to teach in public schools.
One Jim DeMint in the Senate is more than enough. So we’re focused on defeating the Junior DeMints — the candidates he supports.
If it looks like Jim DeMint is building an army of extreme lawmakers, that’s because he is. Through his political organization, he’s spent more than $2.8 million backing those he endorses — people like Rand Paul in Kentucky, Sharron Angle in Nevada, Joe Miller in Alaska, and Christine O’Donnell in Delaware.
He’s consolidating a power base for the future.
Jim DeMint has flirted with running for President in 2012, but in the short term he wants to become the leader of an extreme faction of far-right Senators who will use their collective clout to thwart President Obama’s agenda and roll back the gains Democrats have made for Americans going back decades.
That’s why he supported Rand Paul in the Kentucky primary — over the choice of the current GOP leader, Mitch McConnell.
That’s why he endorsed Utah candidate Mike Lee and Alaska candidate Joe Miller immediately after they defeated the sitting Republican senators in their states.
And if he’s joined in Washington by Paul, Lee, Miller, and all the other Junior DeMints, he just might pull off a coup.
The consequences would be immediate. They would push forward the most radical agenda this country has seen in years.
A tip of the hat to JeffW over at the Big Orange. It might not be exactly what he wanted, but I hope he’ll forgive me.