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  • Sarah Palin Goes Vogue

    Just as with a flesh-eating bacterial infection, there doesn't seem to be any way to get rid of Sarah Palin. Especially now that she's hitched her political wagon to a series of lucky stars

    Palin has made a string of successful recent endorsements, including an against-the-grain nod to Nebraska Republican Senate hopeful Deb Fischer in a three-way primary where most other conservatives, including tea party leader Sen. Jim DeMint, backed another candidate. Rick Santorum, the last conservative non-Romney standing at the end of the primaries, endorsed there and in today’s Texas primary to no great effect.

    It's not surprising that Palin has more clout than Santorum, who was only the last man standing in the primaries because he starched his khakis too much. Going against the tea party leader, on the other hand, shows Palin has enough confidence in expressing herself to go over the borderline.

    Sarah Palin may be past her White House prime, but she's still able to justify her fan's love…

    In Madonna-like fashion, she is the master of "self-invention then self-reinsertion into the political churn," the operative said. "I wouldn’t underestimate that. I wouldn’t rule out her ability to find a new way to express it or a new vehicle or a new method …. she sort of craves the attention. I don’t completely write off her ability [to re-enter the fray]."

    Isn't "Self-Reinsertion into the Political Churn" the name of Madonna's latest album?

    This comparison has legs. Both Palin and Madonna have an idiotic way of speaking English. They also (may) have a fondness for basketball players. It doesn't end there. The reason both have endured for so long is because of their grass-roots appeal to a certain rabidly loyal segment of the population. In Madonna's case, it's the gay community. In Palin's case, it's Fox News viewers.

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    Tags: Conservatives, Jim DeMint, Madonna, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, Tea Party
  • Jim DeMint Opens CPAC with Moving Pro-Intransigence Speech

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    Politics — as everyone knows — is not about finding common ground and working together to build a better world for everyone. No, that's socialism.  Politics is about crushing your enemies, seeing them driven before you and to hearing the lamentation of their constituents. Too often do modern politicians forget that.

    That's probably why Sen. Jim DeMint (R-Cimmeria) chose to open this year's CPAC with a stirring heartfelt reminder to sweep the leg, Johnny

    The first major speaker at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, an annual gathering of right-wing advocates, grassroots activists, and politicians (including 2012 contenders), was Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who had a fundamental message for the base: compromise sucks…

    Referring to last Sunday's game, he said, "I can guarantee you that coach Tom Coughlin did not tell his Giants to go out on the field and work with those other guys… They weren't cooperating with Tom Brady."

    DeMint explained that the New York Giants and the New England Patriots had "different goals." Consequently, compromise would not work. Continuing with this trenchant observation, DeMint noted that "compromise works well in this world when you have shared goals." You can compromise with a wife or with a business colleague. But not with Democrats: "We don't have shared goals with the Democrats."

    Happy CPAC, everyone! I'm sure it only gets better from here.

    Photo by Chris Maddaloni/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images

    Tags: Conservatives, CPAC, Football, Jim DeMint, Senate, South Carolina, Sports
  • The Daily Show Exclusive Extended Interview with Sen. Jim DeMint

    "We do have a problem in the middle class, but it hasn't been caused by folks who make a lot of money. It's been caused by a lot of the policies I talk about [in my book] that make it harder to keep those middle class jobs in America." – Sen. Jim DeMint

    The interview continues after the jump.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11/10c.

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    Tags: Jim DeMint, Jon Stewart, Senate, South Carolina, The Daily Show, Video
  • From the Pork Barrel: Occupying Your Wallet

    * It looks like the liberal scourge has gained ground. They've made it past Wall Street and onto your actual money!

    * Sen. Jim DeMint is taking a principled stand in favor of chlorofluorocarbons and against the sky.

    * Turns out Rick Perry's team is opposed to adding more debates to the primary schedule. Possibly because Rick Perry would lose a debate against a canary dying from avian influenza. Or do you think they might be a different reason?

    * Gallup's Frank Newport and USA Today's Susan Page offer President Obama some helpful advice on when would be the proper historically-sanctioned time to start having debilitating panic attacks.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Debates, Environment, Jim DeMint, Money, Occupy Wall Street, Polls, Pork Barrel, Primaries, Republicans, Rick Perry, Senate
  • Recap: The South Carolina GOP Forum/Softball Tournament

    In case you were busy putting your white shoes in storage, here's what you missed at today's Palmetto Freedom Forum (an American Principles Project/Jim DeMint's ego joint), which we livetweeted over @TheInDecider.

    * We thought this was going to be Rick Perry's first formal Q&A appearance as a 2012 candidate. Unfortunately, Texas is on fire, so he was unable to attend.

    * Moderators Steve King, Jim DeMint and Robert P. George peppered the candidates with tough questions designed to force them out of their comfort zones and into the real iss- hahahaha, no. I hadn't seen this many softballs since my junior high gym class. Just a reminder, the current GOP candidates love the Constitution, hate Barack Obama and are pretty iffy on gays and ladies' reproductive organs.

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    Tags: Constitution, Economy, Health Care, Herman Cain, Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Palmetto Freedom Forum, Primaries, Republicans, Ron Paul, South Carolina, Steve King