Jim DeMint Emerging as a Heavyweight in the GOP

While former Alaska Governor, Fox News media personality and Twitterer galore Sarah Palin has caused a splash with her high profile endorsements of Mama Grizzlies and Papa Bears, her record, so far, hasn't been anything to brag about. Meanwhile, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina as The State put it seems to have "the Midas touch." He's 6 and 2 overall with some of those six wins knocking off big name GOP establishment picks. If DeMint were a big game hunter, you might say he's the RINO killer.

It's true that nationwide, in the three US Senate Republican primaries in which both Palin and DeMint made endorsements, each has picked two winners — Rand Paul in Kentucky for both, Carly Fiorina in California for Palin and Dino Rossi in Washington for DeMint — but DeMint is quietly amassing key wins in other races where Palin didn't make an endorsement. While the Palin endorsed Carly Fiorina did wallop Chuck DeVore in the high profile California GOP Senate primary, DeMint has now returned the favor as his pick in Washington trounced the Palin-backed Clint Didier. 

Moreover, candidates that Palin supported in Senate races in Kansas, Wyoming and now Washington state lost their primaries despite her high-profile endorsements. Most embarrassing was the loss by Karen Handel who fell short in her runoff contest against Rep. Nathan Deal for Georgia governor just a day after Palin flew to Atlanta for a last minute appearance. Hopes of putting Handel over the top were dashed. Instead, Rep. Deal, who was backed by Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich, eked out a narrow win.

Now, Alaska's Senate primary on Tuesday is shaping up as another embarrassing defeat in her own backyard. Senator Lisa Murkowski is expected to dispatch the challenger Palin has endorsed in the Republican contest proving that the Murkowski dynasty still rules the roost in the Last Frontier. In New Hampshire and Maryland, Palin-backed candidates also seem headed for defeat.

DeMint, however, is riding high having backed Marco Rubio in Florida early on. His endorsement of the former Speaker of the Florida House 14 months ago when he was trailing Governor Charlie Crist badly has proved both pivotal and prescient. The Cuban-American Rubio rode the Tea Party wave and blessed with a $421,000 infusion of cash from DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund PAC crested in the polls. As Crist faded, he was forced to leave the GOP to run as an independent. Score one for DeMint with bonus points for shooting a RINO.

DeMint publicly backed Rand Paul, the libertarian Tea Party darling, on May 5 — a day after US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell endorsed Paul’s GOP primary opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. When the dust settled in that race, DeMint bagged his second RINO and bonus points for putting a shiner on McConnell in his home state.

The conservative South Carolinian also caused a buzz in the Beehive State. After Senator Bob Bennett was eliminated from the nominating process at the Utah State Nominating Convention, DeMint endorsed Mike Lee. DeMint's endorsement for Lee was delivered at the convention through a video message that was played for the delegates before they cast their votes on the final ballot between Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater. So far, DeMint's PAC has contributed $217,000 to Lee who faces Utah Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Chairman Sam Granato in the general election. 

Another contrarian pick by DeMint came in Colorado where he backed Ken Buck over the John McCain and establishment pick Jane Norton, another RINO hit. DeMint's PAC, by the way, sent $375,000 Buck's way. 

While DeMint didn’t endorse Nevada's Sharron Angle, a Tea Party favorite, until the day after her June 8 Republican primary win, he has now made up for that by contributing $312,000 to her campaign.

With these endorsements and campaign cash, DeMint has now quietly positioning himself as the de facto leader of the conservative wing of the GOP. Whether the Republicans take back the Senate or not, it's likely that come January Senator DeMint will be in a leadership role. The conservative website Red State is pushing for DeMint as the next Republican Conference Chair arguing that he is "tough as nails, and knows that the best compromise is getting the other side to concede." Red State finds such a development  to be "pure bliss."

Further down the line, Senator DeMint who will win re-election to a second term in the Fall in a cakewalk — 70 percent is not out of the question — has to be seen as a viable Vice Presidential candidate. He'll also play a decisive role come the 2012 South Carolina primary where his choice may end up as the GOP nominee. 

Why do you support John McCain?

Hey all, just another Palin Rally video.  Campaigning in Mesa County has been good because it makes me realize that the people in this video are fewer than I originally thought.

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Almost No Writers Needed- Palin Writes For Palin SNL Skit

Ok I don't know how comfortable I am with the skinning of Sarah Palin.  I thought the early eagerness to diminish her actually helped her (in the short term)  While I knew there was true irony  in the fact that this no sex ed, pro life, creationist had a pregnent teen, I also knew it was a loosing proposition politically.  

With all those disclaimers, I say...

Sarah Has Jumped The Shark!

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Here is link for those who don't see the video. http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/couric-palin-open/704042/?dst=nbc|widget|NBC%20Video&dst=nbc|widget|NBC%20Video&__source=nbc|widget|NBC%20Video

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Are they for real?

So, I was reading over at Fox, I know, I know, I should know better, but I like to see what the right is saying.  I came across this editorial by Greg Gutfield entitled "Who Hates Sarah Palin?" http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,4201 61,00.html

I was horrified!  Are they really so out of touch?  Do they really think it's only the elite that feel that Sarah is scary?  I don't know about all of you, but I am an average lower-middle class mother.  I am a mother of 3 boys.  I shop at Walmart and Target.  I am the very definition of "average".  Yet, I am horrified at the idea of Sarah Palin as Pres .....opps....Vice President of these here United States.

So, how about all of you?  Are you "average" Americans??  

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Resume comparison Obama Vs. Sarah palin

My first diary after convention.. firstly I am honored and inspired by democrats platform this year. Kudos to Obama for managing the stage so well and excellent speech towards end of convention. I am all in and hope Obama gets in there and delivers for America. Having said that, I was fondly surprised by JM's pick of Sarah Palin. Needless to say, I am actually enthralled by her Bio and how she got to where she got, although I disagree most of her positions, especially gay rights and abortion rights. Having said that, I wanted to write an honest diary about recent talking points after her announcement by bigwigs of TV land.. and heres my take..

Obama: position aspiring for : President
Palin: position aspiring for : vice president

educational qualifications

Obama: Harvard Law School, J.D. magna cum laude, President, Harvard Law Review

Palin: Bachelor of Science degree in communications-journalism from the University of Idaho, minored in political science.

Professional experience :

Obama: Director of the Developing Communities Project, Senior Lecturer, in Constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School, Worked as an associate attorney with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland

S: broadcasting as a sports reporter for local Anchorage television stations, commercial fishing

Public office experience:

Illinois Senate 1996-2004, chairman, Health and Human Services Committee

United States Senate 2004-present

Member, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Member, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Palin:

City Council member (1992-1996)
Mayor of Wasilla, AK (1996-2006); President of Alaska Conference of Mayors
Governor for 2 years

Bucking party line and having independent opinions: (this section is essential because Obama was not in senate to vote on Iraq war and palin was not in elected position when she was a whistle blower)

Obama: Anti Iraq war speech, one of the boldest things Obama had done when opposing it was almost equal to supporting terrorism.. Obama had clear judgement, and right instinct and was correct in opposing it at inception, despite knowing he would be risking his political career

Palin: Ethics Commissioner of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, where she served from 2003 to 2004 until resigning in protest over what she called the "lack of ethics" of fellow Alaskan Republican leaders, who ignored her whistleblowing complaints of legal violations and conflicts of interest. After she resigned, she exposed the state Republican Party's chairman, Randy Ruedrich, one of her fellow Oil & Gas commissioners, who was accused of doing work for the party on public time, and supplying a lobbyist with a sensitive e-mail. Palin filed formal complaints against both Ruedrich and former Alaska Attorney General Gregg Renkes, who both resigned

Showing independent agenda and bucking party line after being elected to office:

Obama : Worked with JM for brief period as part of ethics reforms bill but didnt take it to completion, Mydd commentors please fill in the blanks worked with Dick Durbin to put forward the bill that created a database to see how government money to corporations and individuals is metered out.

Palin: rescinded 35 appointments made by fellow rpublican governor, Murkowski, oposed Bridge to Nowhere, Exposed legal violations and conflicts of interest of Alaska Republican leaders, asked ted stevens to come clean publicly, earned reputation as bipartisan by making both republicans and democrats in cabinet positions

Foriegn relations experience:

Obama plenty, as listed above

Palin: almost NIL, unless you consider visiting Iraq, Kuwait and soldiers in Germany as experience, or consider governing state bordering canada and russia as experience :)

Executive experience:

Obama: NIL

Palin; two years as governor and 10 years as mayor of small town with 9000 people

Values: Both are devout christians

Family values: Both have committed spouses and blessed with wonderful children

I hope my comparison is fair. Sarah Palin is republican, and her values are closer to republican platform, and Obama democrat and his values are closer to democratic platform, so I havent written much about each others value system and particular stances, but none of them are boldly out of their party league.
I would be looking at comments and editing the diary in case I missed anything.

Also, I am excited for republicans because Sarah Palin is a wonderful, articulate and smart woman, although her policy positions I disagree with. But in the first two days, I have been pleasantly impressed by her and what she brings to the ticket and america in general, and irrespective of who wins this election, history books will be left with a bold titles.

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