My South Carolina senator, Jim DeMint, who himself is just to the right of Attila the Hun, will tell a CNN “State of the Union" audience Sunday that the GOP will die if, well, if it doesn’t think like him.

The GOP is experiencing a rift between members who are wacko and those who know they are wacko.

In an interview with Candy Crowley set to air tomorrow, DeMint, who has ticked off the Republican Party "establishment" for backing Tea Party candidates, laments:

"If we get the majority again, even if it's just in the House, and we don't do what we say, I think the Republican Party is dead,

"The urgency for me here is the Democrat Party - and I know this sounds partisan but - are completely dysfunctional. They're the left of Europe,"

(It’s “Democratic Party,” you twit!).

Apparently afflicted by short-term memory loss, DeMint continues his toxin tocsin:

"The Republicans are the only one (sic) who can carry the banner of what I think millions of Americans are saying - not just Republicans, Independents and Democrats - stop the spending, stop the borrowing, stop the debt, stop the takeovers. This is kind of uniting America."

The senator does know his votes since entering the U.S. Senate are a matter of public record, right?

DeMint had two campaign platforms when he ran against S.C. Superintendent of Education Inez Tenenbaum (D) for the late Ernest “Fritz” Hollings' seat: he was anti-gay, and he wanted to do away with the IRS and impose a 23 percent national sales tax on all goods and services.

On November 2, I can touch the screen for either DeMint or for Democratic dark horse Alvin Greene, who won the primary despite facing obscenity felony charges for allegedly showing online porn photos to a teenager in a University of South Carolina computer lab.

Greene was indicted on two charges on August 13. Of course, none of this matters come November: Jim DeMint is a shoo-in in this red state.

Woe is me! Woe is S.C. And, woe is the GOP!


Tiny said...

BJ, you can always write in Minnie Mouse, Goofy or any other name you choose. Tiny does that often because she refuses to vote for either on the ticket since both are radical right wackos! Or if enough people in SC ban together for a different candidate, that name can be written also and be counted.

Sue said...

and this is why it's SOOOOOOO obvious Alvin Greene is a plant by the thugs!!! UGH!

B.J. said...

Sen. DeMint: When the so-called “frontrunners” of your party make statements like this, you’d better check its pulse:

Washington (CNN) -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (at the Values Voter Summit) repeatedly brought social conservatives to their feet Saturday with an impassioned address in which he warned that America faces a dual threat from the Democratic establishment on the one hand and Islamic terrorists on the other.

OK, readers, help me out here. Suddenly, I’m seeing the Tea Party movement referred to as “social conservatives.” Did I miss something? Where did this term come from and what does it mean?


B.J. said...


Values Voter straw ppll for 2012 presidential hopeful:

Rep. Mike Pence, Indiana: 24 percent
Mike Huckabee: 22 percent
Mitt Romney: 13 percent
Newt Gingrich: 10 percent
Sarah Palin: 7 percent

tnlib said...

Well, we've got our assholes in TN but I don't think any of them can top DeMint.

Palin's ratings may go up when she makes (maybe) an apperance on Dancing with the Stars. Lap or pole Sarah?

Infidel753 said...

Suddenly, I’m seeing the Tea Party movement referred to as “social conservatives.” Did I miss something? Where did this term come from and what does it mean?

"Social conservatives", sometimes abbreviated "socons", is a long-established term for the religious-fundamentalist element of the far right, often also called the Christian Right. This is the political movement which arose under the leadership of people like Jerry Falwell and Francis Schaeffer in the late 1970s and became the dominant element within the Republican party during the 1990s, and remains so today. They're the people who insist that the essence of conservatism is opposition to gays, abortion, the theory of evolution, and the separation of church and state.

It's very interesting if people are starting to refer to the teabaggers as social conservatives, because ever since teabaggerdom began, the MSM has been clinging to the position that these are two distinct groups -- that the teabaggers are focused on economic and fiscal policy and not on "social issues" (code for "God hates fags"). But look at the people they've chosen as leaders -- Palin, Angle, and O'Donnell are all hard-core Christian Right figures. The only real exception is Rand Paul who genuinely is more an ideological libertarian than a religious fanatic, and even he has to make "social conservative" noises to keep the teabaggers happy.

If people are finally realizing that there is, at the very least, a huge overlap between the teabaggers and the Christian Right / "social conservatives", that can only be a good thing.

Sarah Palin said...

Pole, of course, because I can see the North Pole from my porch! Wonder if I could get tips from Arnold since he did so well with Jamie Lee Curtis! “True Lies,” wasn’t it? Hmmm. “True Lies.” That would make a great Fox News program, and I could host and bring on all the GOP dopefuls, er, hopefuls.

Infidel753 said...

PS: "Values voters" is just another euphemism for the Christian Right, too. It means people who vote on the basis of "family values", which is code for hating gays, abortion, etc.

B.J. said...

Infidel: Thanks so much for clearing that term up for me. I swear I never heard it before as much as I’ve studied the RR and the focus on “family values” during the 2004 campaign. I remember a lot of my liberal friends being SHOCKED in 2004 when exit polls showed “family values” as the No. 1 concern of voters at 27 percent of voters polled. A lot of liberals thought the war in Iraq and all the lies that got us into it would be the big issue. So, we need to keep an eye on all these folks.

How could there not be an “overlapping?” I couldn’t view the 13-minute video on Leslie’s blog, which generated so much discussion. Did anyone detect an overlapping of Religious Right and Tea Party in that video?

I noted Tony Perkins revealed the “Values Voter” straw poll results and recall his presence at the Terri Schiavo vigil. Can you spell “opportunist?”

Finally, when we focus on positive social issues, we are called “socialists” or “communists;” and when they focus on negativity, they are doing God’s work. Go figure.


Infidel753 said...

BJ: I haven't watched that video myself. Most of the time I don't have the patience for videos -- they're a much slower way to absorb information than reading is. And I already pretty much know what the teabaggers are like.

Most of these people have no real idea what the words "socialist" or "Communist" mean. They're basically using "Communist" as another word for "atheist", which is the worst thing in the world from their viewpoint.

Infidel753 said...

PS: I hope you've been keeping up with the story of the fake right-wing blogs and the "click-jacking" threat at Parsley's Pics and especially at Progressive Eruptions (Shaw Kenawe). There's some dangerous stuff going around.

B.J. said...

I-753 et al: Since liberals fequesnt liberal blogs (aka progressives) and the right-wing frequents right-wing blogs, we really are “preaching to the choir.” I see blogging as an opportunity to share information and hone awareness. I am limited in the number of blogs I can visit. Most of you know I am legally blind (can only see my computer and videomagnifier). Even with accessibility aids I am an incredibly slow reader. A long opinion article alone can take me two hours to read. I have found the sharing of information of the small group of blogs I read very helpful. And, I read Frodo because I’ve read him since he launched his blog six years ago. So, I am not really affected by unscrupulous phony bloggers.

I think Shaw sums it up nicely: these phony blogs are “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

I had to look up “clickjacking” and here’s a definition for other DemWit readers who might be as behind as I am:

“Clickjacking is a malicious technique of tricking Web users into revealing confidential information or taking control of their computer while clicking on seemingly innocuous Web pages. A vulnerability across a variety of browsers and platforms, a clickjacking takes the form of embedded code or script that can execute without the user's knowledge, such as clicking on a button that appears to perform another function.”

The first thought that came to mind when I read Leslie’s and Shaw’s posts about all this chicanery was Lamont Cranston: “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?”

Which brings us full circle back to Jim DeMint.


Ahab said...

I was at the Values Voters Summit to observe, and DeMint was in full swing with his right-wing gibberish. How did this man get elected when he is so out of touch with reality?

B.J. said...

Welcom, Ahab! Stick around and find out what nice folks comment here. If one of those guys on the draft board bench with Arlo Guthrie in “Alice’s Restaurant” ran as a Republican in South Carolina, he would be elected. (Now, it seems the Democratic candidate is about as bad.) Thanks for your comments. BJ

Nance said...

Isn't there a Green Party candidate?

I think the Social Conservatives are so named to differentiate them from the Fiscal Conservatives. Everybody on the right wants to be the party of Fiscal Conservatism, while the SoCons are sort of hot potatoes that the Tea Party and the Real Republicans kind of pitch back and forth. Everybody wants their vote and nobody wants to lose a vote by being dubbed an extremist.

Tiny said...

Tiny didn't know they were referred to as "Social Conservatives." The term "social" seems to be a Nazi term in their vocabulary. They accuse the Obama administration of being Socialist.
They can't have it both ways.

GW Bush called them "Compassionate Conservatives." However, Tiny never saw them demonstrate any compassion one time in eight plus years. So that was a misnomer too!

Tiny said...

Infidel753: Tiny meant to mention that Francis Schaeffer got away from the fundamentalist and wrote a book titled "Crazy For God" about how wrong the fundies are in their view points, prejudices, etc. She has also seen and heard him on TV various times. The Tea Baggers, Tiny thinks, are in the same camp category as the looney in Gainesville, FL.

Tiny often thinks this whole planet is just one great big caged mental institution with too few of us as the cage keepers. Someone got the gate opened and we have to work together to round up those loose cannons and put them back in their cage.

bbj said...

BJ, still in the middle of house building, but I'm keeping up with the blog and comments. Smart, witty panel here. Thanks, everybody, for sharing your wisdom.