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Jim DeMint
  • Michele Bachmann Is Actually Being Treated Like an Actual Not-Make-Believe Candidate for 2012, Like For Real

    Over the weekend, the GOP conducted its first straw straw poll for 2012 in New Hampshire — where the actual primary elections will officially kick off a year from now — and the results were predictable but also not so predictable. But more than anything, they were hilariously terrifying

    1. Mitt Romney – 35%
    2. Ron Paul – 11%
    3. Tim Pawlenty – 8%
    4. Sarah Palin – 7%
    5. (tie) Michele Bachmann & Jim DeMint – 5%

    Yup. That's the congresswoman from Minnesota's 6th district up there in the top five. Just two points below Sarah Palin, who is herself a pretty massive joke of a candidate. But not massive like Bachmann.

    Granted, she's 30 points below Mitt Romney, but that's waaaaaaay too few points for her to be behind the front runner. 35 points behind would be too few. I do realize that it's impossible to negative percentage points, but I'm feeling like that's kind of unfair in this situation.

    Think of this. There were 273 New Hampshirians participating in this straw poll, of whose votes Bachmann received 5 percent. That's a whole 13.65 people who looked at the people on the board and said, "That Bachmann person who would appear to be fundamentally incable of opening her mouth without either a fallacy or a misunderstanding falling out is the one who I would like to see in charge of this country two years from now."

    Okay, I can understand that 0.65 person saying that. Kind of. But the other 13?

    Tags: Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, New Hampshire, Polls, Primaries, Republicans, Ron Paul, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty
  • Michele Bachmann Objects to Imaginary Deal That Exists Inside Her Head

    As you may have heard, progressive Sens. Bernie Sanders and Sherrod Brown are threatening to filibuster Obama's deal with Republicans to "temporarily" extend the Bush tax cuts due to the clear damage it will do to the US economy.

    And you may also have heard that Republican Sen. Jim DeMint is also threatening to filibuster the deal due to the slight damage that it might maybe do to billionaires' pocketbooks given the tiny chance that the cuts are not made ultimately permanent.

    But what you may not have heard is that Rep. Michele Bachmann also has a big problem with the deal, but not for the same reasons as DeMint or Sanders or Brown. Her problem is that she's a… a… Um, what do you call them? Oh, that's right, a not smart person

    "As part of the compromise, the President wants to extend unemployment benefits for another 13 months," Bachmann said. "Unemployment benefits are already at a historical length of 99 weeks, and the President's request would push benefits to three years."

    Problem is, the president's request would do no such thing. It would preserve the 99 weeks by reauthorizing Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits programs, which together provide up to 73 weeks of benefits beyond the standard 26 funded by states.

    Excellent work, Rep. Bachmann. It isn't every congressperson who's so aggressively vigilant and willing to take a stand against the very idea (literally) of relieving some of the burden of working class Americans.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders, House of Representatives, Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann, Republicans, Senate, Sherrod Brown, Taxes, Unemployment
  • Quote Unquote: Fiscal Conservativism

    Sen. Jim DeMint — whom Fox News is apparently touting as a potential '12 nominee — explains modern conservative economic theory

    "You can't be a fiscal conservative and not be a social conservative. A large part of the expanse of government is to make up for dysfunctional society, because our culture's falling apart. The family's falling apart."

    You know, I always kind of had a feeling that the subjugation of gay people and opposition to womens' rights were important cogs in the greater economic machine. Nice to see those suspicions finally confirmed. Thanks, Sen. DeMint.

    Tags: Conservatives, Economy, Fox, Jim DeMint, Quote Unquote, Senate, South Carolina
  • Sens. Coburn and DeMint Protect Nation from Women's History Museum Threat

    Wait, what's this shit? A National Women's History Museum? That's ridiculous. Why should that special interest group get to have their own museum? They only account for, like, 29 out of 57 people. That's only slight more than half. I call bullshit on this. We'd better get our boys in the Senate to do something about this

    Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., and Jim DeMint, R-S.C., have placed a "hold" on a bill that would sell land near the Smithsonian Institution for the National Women's History Museum. A "hold" is a Senate practice that prevents bills from passing with unanimous consent — and implicitly threatening a filibuster.

    The senators say their concerns are financial: Though the museum would pay fair market value for the land, the group has raised little money. And they said the new institution would duplicate more than 100 similar museums — some of which already get taxpayer subsidies.

    Exactly! It's totally financial. Totally, totally financial. That's the only, only, only reason.

    But, also, you just know that "National Women's History Museum" is secret code for "Pro-Abortion House of Horrors," am I right?

    The senators' action came two days after the Concerned Women for America, a conservative group, wrote DeMint asking for a hold. The group's CEO, Penny Nance, wrote in July that the museum would "focus on abortion rights without featuring any of the many contributions of the pro-life movement in America."

    See? Even the Concerned Women for America are behind this, so there's no reason that any of you should be concerned, because they already are. It's right there in their name. And who can we trust to conserve women's rights more than conserve-ative women? I mean, this is really a no-brainer. Very, very no-brainy.

    Tags: Jim DeMint, Men and Women, Senate, Tom Coburn, Washington DC
  • Christine O’Donnell Wins Big in Delaware, Political Scientists Stumped Over What Terrible Thing to Offer Conservatives Next

    You ever get the feeling that the modern Republican Party isn't actually a political entity, but a massive sociological experiment to see what candidates and ideals conservative voters won't get behind if you slap a Tea Party sticker on it? I can't find any hard evidence to prove this theory one way or the other, but it's certainly seeming more and more plausible every day.

    Obviously, today's news is the GOP establishment candidate Mike Castle's crushing, not-even-close loss to a crazy lady who thinks that her enemies like spending their free time hiding in the bushes outside her house. Thanks for this new truly fascinating data, conservative voters

    The Tea Party movement scored another victory on Tuesday, helping to propel a dissident Republican, Christine O’Donnell, to an upset win over Representative Michael N. Castle in the race for the United States Senate nomination in Delaware…

    With all precincts reporting, Ms. O’Donnell won 53 percent of the vote to Mr. Castle’s 47 percent. The primary drew 57,000 voters, a small slice of the overall electorate. Ms. O’Donnell, a former abstinence counselor who had failed in previous attempts to win office in Delaware, won the endorsement of Sarah Palin, Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina and other leaders of the party’s conservative wing.

    This is a person so blatantly unfit for office, that she scares the shit out of Karl Rove and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. That's not saying nothing, considering the candidates they've supported in the past.

    I get the feeling that somewhere in a political science laboratory, work-weary people in lab coats are having a conversation that goes something like this…

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    Tags: Angela McGlowan, Christine O’Donnell, Civil Rights, Delaware, Evolution, House of Representatives, Jim DeMint, Michele Bachmann, Midterms, Mike Castle, Porn, Primaries, Rand Paul, Sarah Palin, Science & Technology, Senate, Sex, Tea Party