Jim DeMint Refuses to Take Victory Lap

Jim DeMint, July 17, 2009:

“Senators and Congressmen will come back in September afraid to vote against the American people,” DeMint predicted, adding that “this healthcare 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,” he said.

Jim DeMint, this morning:

TERRY MORAN: So did you break him? And is that really how Americans want you to behave here in Washington, break the president?…

DEMINT: I did not want this to be the President’s Waterloo. But pushing through a massive government takeover of our healthcare system was certainly not a good idea.

Ummm, Jim? You won. Take it. It’s yours. “Waterloo” is second only to “Death Panels” as the defining meme of the healthcare debate. Stand proud.

Because your sudden reticence to twist the blade really confuses us. Unless you’ve heard something we haven’t. Are the Teabaggers not as powerful as y’all have been insisting? Has your private polling shown that fomenting treason isn’t such a good idea after all? Are you suddenly worried about the midterm elections?

Jim, Jim, Jim. You’re this close. Stop acting like a Democrat.

DeMint Lies: ‘I Did Not Want’ Health Care ‘To Be The President’s Waterloo’ [ThinkProgress]
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I think it’s likely that DeMented and the rest of his crew have realized that the teabaggers are true believers – when the ‘baggers say, “get rid of all the incumbents”, it’s not code for “vote Republican”.

It’s kinda like the cane toads from a few weeks back – at first, they seemed like a great idea, eating all the cane grubs. Then they started eating everything else, and spreading – not such a good idea. There aren’t *that* many Republican seats that are safe enough to withstand widespread press coverage of the “Take Back White America” signs at their campaign appearances.

Either that, or somebody played the old clips of Rethugs talking about how opposing the president in times of war was helping the terrorists. It’s awfully hard to trot out “we’re at war” and “weaken the president” together come Election season…

Now wait, color me confused. Aren’t we at War® Isn’t the president also the commander in chief? Isn’t undermining the president/CIC/Hope in time of war the very definition of giving aid and succor to the enemy? And isn’t that treason?

Haven’t they in fact done what the right accused the CP (even more feckless than the Democrats) of doing?

Should I be making some phone calls? Mayhap this line of reasoning hasn’t yet occurred to Harry or Nance. Just a thought.

Again I say – as long as the red states keep sending anti-science, jeebus-loving idiots to Congress, we’re finished as a species.

I’d put my money on internal polling.

Rant about Kleptocratic America Monopolies /
Comcast better fix my fucking cable by the Saints-Vikings game.
/end rant

@SFL: I’m going to watch said game at an Irish bar in DC.

I suspect that the GOP is worried about becoming “the party that killed health care reform.” Keep in mind that the teabaggers represent a tiny though very vocal minority of the electorate. Most people are concerned about rising health care costs. At my company, for instance, management has just announced that the company’s contribution to our health care plan is dropping from60% to 50%. Our benefits were pretty meager as is.

My suspicion is that the reason Democrats are so quick to throw in the towel on HCR after the Massachusetts debacle and especially in dismissing a quick Senate vote is that they are daring the GOP filibuster the bill.

@SanFranLefty: @Dodgerblue: Just drag it all down to Sport, why don’t you?

@Dodgerblue: The Dubliner or Irish Times? I’m going to the gym to watch the game. 30 minute wait predicted for a human customer service agent.

@Serolf Divad: Ball-less Reid should break the bill into digestible chunks on discrete issues and let the GOP filibuster.

@SFL: Dubliner. I’m staying in the hotel. Great beer, bad food. Reminds me of my trip to Ireland a few years ago.

@Dodgerblue: Dubliner sponsored my kickball team lo a decade ago. My soccer team used to go there every Tuesday night after practice on the Mall. I love that place.

TJ: Barry shirking his civic duty of serving on a Chicago jury because of the prior commitment to give that State of the Union address.

Cue Faux News out rage at 5…4…3…

Why does he hate America?

I never much loved Farve, and I thought he was doing the pathetic hanging on too long thing, but you know, he is an old, and I am an old, and he has shown them all wrong this season, and now here he is, game tied late in the 4th quarter, and I love him now, please, Farve, show people that olds can still do it.

Holy crap, Farve brings it down into NO territory with a minute to go, what a game.

I think DeMenthol is just holding back because he doesn’t want to give Democrats bulletin board material in an election year.

Geaux Saints Geaux!!!!! Yes! (Nothing against old man Favre, but damn I love that city and they fucking deserve it).

@SanFranLefty: I was gonna fucking lose it if the Vikings won. first, for the reason I posted on the Jets thread and second, because I’m so sick of hearing every football talking head giving him verbal head all season long.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: You can see my response on the Jets thread, and yes, that too. Though now I wonder if he subconsciously threw it for the Saints after seeing all the stories and clips about how he grew up cheering for the Saints and all of his family and friends were torn, and that it was killing his wife to choose between the Vikings and her childhood team that had never made it to the Super Bowl. I think Brett should have tried to come back with the Saints and not the Packers’ arch rival.

@SanFranLefty: I can’t give Favre that much credit for selflessness. Certainly not after the way he’s acted the past couple of years over his “retirements”. Besides, I don’t want to give him or that team the satisfaction of an analysis that they lost the game because then it’s still about Favre when it should be about Brees, Thomas, Bush, etc.

(Fuck, it’s tough to type that old man’s name.)

i had Sport on every tv in the house last night. guests and RB-rabid fans.
i refuse to comprehend what a first down is. my brain rejects it.
RB has been verrry testy since his beloved iggles are out, and neocon daddy loves him some jets. but they’re still watching.
one question: why is favre pronounced farve???

ADD: hope for the world: the man who organized fundraisers for the chimp, called george w bush ‘a fucking moron’
of course he hates barry too, and is delighted that harry and nancy are sackless fools. we agreed not to discuss politics beforehand, but that’s not possible, still, no blood was drawn.
9 years ago i followed him around the house reading aloud from franken’s ‘lying liars…” string screaming cursing ensued.
so i didn’t mention Senator Franken.

@Benedick:

i’m with you darling…when i hear Jets, i think Sharks.

@baked: Joe Willie Namath’s daughter got popped with about 2.5 lbs of the chronic and and a 12-pack minus 1 in her BMW or whatever in Miami. This sort of thing raises that nagging question – where did that one beer go?

@redmanlaw:

i will ponder that as i drive to the pharmacy. it’s monday!!!!
Drug Day!!!!! i only get a weeks supply at a time because i’m irresponsible with them. i party like it’s 1969.
bebacksoon.

prommie !!! you’ve been sitting on lortabs for 2 weeks???
with a sciatica??? i take a lortab to get a pedicure.
i have a teensy problem with any and all PAIN.
and require instant gratification. you’re my idol.

@Capt Howdy: I have to wait and watch season 4 on DVD, so no spoilers please.

@Mistress Cynica:
they are all over. there are several places on the net to get new movies and tv shows. it sort of piratey. yar. I will see if I can find a good link.

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