Part III – Prediction: Jim DeMint Will Join The Trump Administration…

♦In Part-I we explained how legislation is actually constructed in 2017. NOT how most people think it is constructed – SEE HERE

♦In Part-II we explained what that modern reality means with a Trump administration, and what will be needed to overcome the corrupted swamp – SEE HERE

The final paragraphs include accepting the reality and pondering:

[…] President Trump is not going to sit and wait for congress to evolve in their ability to turn away from existing lobbyists hanging around to defend their interests.  Sooner or later President Trump is going to do something dramatic to break the impasse within the broken legislative system.

Considering that Trump is not a politician, that “something” could get rather ugly.

We are not going to get bogged down in the weeds and loose the capacity to see the larger, more consequential, picture.  Staying elevated – However, as if guided by a prescient cue, part of the possible answer to the quagmire becomes evident today:

The controversial president of The Heritage Foundation, former Sen. Jim DeMint, may soon be out of a job, following a dispute with board members about the direction of conservative think tank, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.

Some Heritage board members believe that DeMint has brought in too many Senate allies and made the think tank too bombastic and political — to the detriment of its research and scholarly aims.

[…]  “If Heritage pushes Jim DeMint out, it was because a few board members, who are close to the Republican establishment, never wanted him to be president and have been working to push him out ever since,” said one operative who has worked with Heritage. “DeMint is one of the most respected and selfless conservative leaders in the country and pushing him out would be a big mistake.” (link)

During his keynote remarks at the NRA convention in Atlanta today, President Trump noted the high regard carried for Jim DeMint:

[…] And also from Heritage, Jim DeMint.  It’s been amazing.  I mean, those people have been fantastic.  They’ve been real friends.

Former South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint, now head of the Heritage Foundation has been pushing the organization toward more political activism because it is necessary for the exact reason we have outlined in the previous discussions:  “There are almost zero organizational entities within K-Street presenting any legislative constructs or legislative briefs intended to advance any of Trump’s policy objectives.” (link)

Virtually all of the K-Street policy and lobbying influence is targeted to grow government and present legislation that grows the scale, scope and interests of the financial political class.  DeMint’s efforts toward providing a counter-balance to the influence of the singular policy agenda is exactly what’s needed to begin to deconstruct the UniParty institutions.

The House and Senate, and all of the membership therein, are mired in the swamp by the legislative priorities of the financial influences and lobbyists upon them.  The scale of the lobbying is jaw-dropping when you consider over $3 billion spent in 2016 alone.

The Citizens United SCOTUS decision injected massive fuel into the swamp to expand the scale and scope of multinational corporate influence.   There is now virtually unlimited money pouring in to Super-PAC’S who target politicians for legislative influence.

If President Trump is going to make inroads to advance his America-First agenda, he is going to have to find a way through the financial network pressure now leveraging and choking all members of congress.  The UniParty dynamic cannot be broken without directly confronting this issue.

Senator Jim DeMint, founder of the Senate Conservative Fund (SCF), is the original Tea Party politician who generated support for grassroots conservative politicians.  It was specifically through DeMint’s pre-CU fund many of the modern leaders of conservatism gained their office.

Senator DeMint began slaying incumbent GOPe candidates and raising up challengers to GOPe preferred primary candidates.   He was remarkably successful, and the professional republican class hated him for wiping out their establishment next-in-liners.

However, empowered by the SCOTUS Citizens United decision (2010), the professional GOPe machine changed their strategy and began fighting back against DeMint’s firebrand of conservative primary politics.

The establishment GOP (McConnell, Hatch, Cornyn, Blunt, Thune etc) used the CU decision to coordinate with lobbyists like CoC President Tom Donohue and fund Super-PAC’s with tens of millions of dollars for attacks against republican primary candidates they viewed as outside the party norms.

By the 2012 election the GOPe strategy was working and most of the incumbent republicans were considered safe and secure.  The defeat of Mitt Romney didn’t matter to the UniParty republican leadership; what mattered most was their ability to remain in power.

If the UniParty republicans lose an election to a democrat nothing changes; the leadership remains in power and influence regardless of the flag color atop the spire.  However, if the UniParty republicans lose an election to a real conservative their power is threatened; this is why the professional GOPe attack their own.

For all of these reasons it just makes sense for Jim DeMint to join the Trump administration.  DeMint could be a great Chief-of-Staff replacement for Priebus, or DeMint could be the COO inside DC to guide the architecture of legislative constructs that are in line with Trump’s policy objectives.   Jim DeMint and Mike Pence are strong allies and good friends from all earlier battles on Capitol Hill.

Jim DeMint would be a natural asset to the administration because the battle has now evolved beyond party affiliation; and the UniParty, including the GOPe, must be confronted if any success is to be achieved.

To fight this:

…You Need This:

….Because ultimately the battle looks like this: 


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255 Responses to Part III – Prediction: Jim DeMint Will Join The Trump Administration…

  1. Ron says:

    Jim Demint? Yes, Please.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. killdozer says:

    How ugly can DeMint get ? When President Trump breaks off a piece of his nasty limburger Can DeMint pic a vic ? walk around congress with cheese on his stick ? bloody knuckles ? because bad breath and harsh language wont work ,we need stinking ugly now !!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Phil aka Felipe says:

    Sundance, glad you mentioned Citizens United. After reading Part I and Part II, I was thinking about writing that our side needs to take advantage of Citizens United to take on the UniParty.

    With Demint’s success pre-CU, IMO, his talents would be best used to recruit talent to run against the UniParty, both GOPe and Democrats.

    Trump has, because of his successes against overwhelming odds, encouraged so many that thought we couldn’t do anything about this mess (remember, “No path for him to win”?).

    Now, because of this WINNING, there is a lot of evidence to show ‘WE, The People’ can do it!

    Trump has opened so many eyes and exposed so many frauds that it is a ‘target rich’ environment to take out these guys starting with the 2018 mid-terms.

    It ain’t about party or ideology other than MAGA.

    Trump supporters can furnish the manpower and energy to help MAGA. Trump and his rich friends and others that share his agenda can provide the $’s to get ‘er done.

    Someone like Demint, can be the catalyst, organizer, and liaison between the campaign workers (patriots), the candidates, and the Commander-In-Chief.

    Instead of lamenting Citizens United, let’s make good use of it!

    Now, let’s go defeat those bastards!

    Liked by 28 people

    • Howie says:

      America is now and always has been great. The leftists goal is to take it all away. Nope….not gonna happen.

      Liked by 8 people

    • RG says:

      You have just outlined the “wins” for the first 100 days. Thank you. And, yes I am sick and tired of the 100 day daily news leading line. Isn’t there an original news organization who can say that trump had 15+ 100 day periods left to get the work started and much of it completed in hostile territory?

      Liked by 1 person

  4. sickconservative says:

    Have always been a fan of DeMint’s, I’m a NC resident with ties to SC.
    I feel he understands the swamp and would be fit to drain it.

    Liked by 13 people

  5. Kaco says:

    Obama had all those “Czars”. Surely there could be a prominent position for him in the administration. I didn’t know he could be Speaker without being a congressman, guess I need that Civics class! Would Congress have to vote on him, though?

    Liked by 1 person

    • WSB says:

      Yes, Congress would have to vote.

      Liked by 1 person

    • WSB says:

      The House, that is.


    • RG says:

      The MSM news has reported that the Speaker of the House doesn’t have to be an elected member. As for the senate voting to confirm, I don’t know about that. Also, I am quoting from the MSM so, buyer beware.

      Liked by 1 person

    • redtreesquirrel says:

      @Kaco, Oh man………………..Jim Demint be Speaker? Be still my heart! Now you’re really giving me high energy hopefulness. 🙂 Trump could be just the man to get it done.

      Liked by 3 people

      • squirrel, my dear, I hope you have time to re-read SDs post here. From my understanding and agreement with what he said, the Speaker is essentially irrelevant for our needs. Period. It doesn’t matter WHO the Speaker is. What matters is where the money/power is.

        DeMint sounds perfect for a number of positions, either in or out of the Administration, which would be devoted to recruiting winning TP/Trump candidates and maybe even a little vote-wrangling for the rest of this year..

        Liked by 3 people

    • JoAnn Leichliter says:

      That may not be as far-fetched as it sounds. One reason that Paul Ryan remains Speaker is that no one else really wants the job. Think back to when he became Speaker: he drove a very hard bargain before accepting the proffered post. NO ONE WANTED IT. My guess is that is still the case. It is a difficult, time-consuming, nasty job, rather like herding cats. Tom Delay was not called “The Hammer” for nothing. If you are effective, you may not be loved…

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kroesus says:

        FYI Delay was never Speaker he was the MAJORITY LEADER, same job Kevin McCarthy now holds.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Libertybelle says:

        Joann, I hear what you are saying, but I respectfully disagree on Lyiin’ Ryan not wanting to be Speaker. He was recruited by Bonehead (IMHO) to fill the position because NOTHING WOULD CHANGE with him as Speaker. And sure enough, NOTHING DID. The Uniparty was successful in kicking the can down the road….on everything…under a fresh “new” face.

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    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Hadn’t thought through Demint as Speaker yet; but YES, there is NO Constitutional requirement that the Speaker be an elected member of congress.


    • jainphx says:

      Yes by a simple majority. They could also put Sarah Palin, or even Newt Gingrich. There is no rule on who, other than a citizen


  6. Howie says:

    Come on. President Trump did this all for us. He did not need this burden. He does not have an ulterior motive. The Uniparty is in total panic. The MSM has done gone batshit crazy. Nobody knows what is gonna happen next. Donnie is going to kick some ass. You gotta know you can not let a man like him get the power of the U.S. President and not get yer butt kicked in the end. He is going to take em out one at a time, or even two.

    Liked by 21 people

    • Phil aka Felipe says:

      And, he LOVES WINNING!

      Liked by 7 people

    • Minnie says:

      They’re still reeling over the fact that Mr. Trump won! Thank God, in Heaven.

      What’s a little more anxiety to tip them over the edge.

      Liked by 13 people

    • Your Tour Guide says:

      The MSM is going crazy because they and their buddies always knew the
      outcome. The Dems would give them the story outline, and they’d flesh out
      the chapters. Both the dems and the press carried on concern about the
      narrative, knowing that it was all a done deal. The mirrors are getting smashed,
      the smoke is getting blown away.

      Liked by 8 people

    • Prisoner says:

      That is my great hope. But, this article again avoids mentioning Ryan, and he is problem #1. The theme here we all agree with is that there is a need to dismantle the way Congress works. The system will not dismantle itself – some people must go, the sooner the better. Valuable momentum could be lost here.


  7. Carolina Kat says:

    My daughter campaigned for DeMint in SC. I was sorry when he left the Senate, but I believe it was because he thought it was too tawdry – could not keep his ethics and work there.

    He is the perfect ally for Trump.

    Liked by 12 people

    • BigMamaTEA says:

      Demint left because he had essentially been “marginalized.” There were not enough of his type (Constitutional/Rule of Law) to stand with him at the time. They did the same thing to my Senator Coburn.

      The Uniparty “let’s you speak” then pats you on the head. They’ve done this for 40 years.

      Liked by 2 people

      • dbobway says:

        I wish had a Tom Delay with the right intentions.

        He would play as dirty as the Uni party, because he was them.

        Demint is a man with his own principles and they’re mostly genuine.
        BUT he lead the most disingenuous “conservative” thinkless think tank on the planet.
        The Heritage foundation are “purist”,
        Pure Uni-party crap.

        PDJT needs help in the cesspool called Congress.

        He needs an established voice to take Congress to task. He doesn’t even need a title just “THE” cause.

        I miss you Andrew Breitbart.


    • jainphx says:

      He was the wiping boy of all the rinocrats.


    • Carol Eggers says:

      I hated it when DeMint left the senate, but there had to be a good reason.
      On another note, thinking of a quote from over 2000 years ago.. .”can anything good come out of Galilee…(SC). I am proud of Jim DeMint and Trey Gowdy. both good strong senators from the country. Two of the best in my opinion. I don’t think we can go wrong with either of them wherever they are used.


  8. fleporeblog says:

    Look what happens when you are anti Trump.

    The poll showed that State Treasurer Jeff DeWit leads Flake in the head-to-head with 42 percent support compared to Flake’s 33 percent and 25 percent undecided.

    DeWit was the chief operating officer of the Trump campaign. WINNING!

    Liked by 20 people

  9. Brant says:

    Not a troll comment, but looking into the future. Jim DeMint would be great. Consider this sequence of events, not just for one, but multiple (all) bills that originate in the White House. Great bils are passed and signed and then……..judge shopping happens like the Exec Orders and injunctions are placed on the bills. What do we do then?

    Liked by 1 person

    • ZurichMike says:

      No, it is not a troll comment. It is indeed depressing that leftist abuse the judicial system to gum up the works. This is why Trump right now writes so many Executive Orders. Obama has filled the federal judiciary with leftists. Replacing those that resign or retire will be a slow process for Trump. Let’s hope a couple more SCOTUS justices resign and can be replaced with Gorsuch-like justices.

      Liked by 5 people

  10. We need someone rich enough, smart enough, connected enough, and well-versed-enough in how the system works to hire lobbyists to introduce America First legislation and see it through Congress.

    The Uniparty pols, being prostitutes, have zero loyalty. Having zero loyalty, they can be bought.

    Someone wrote that when he enters a new business, he surveys it, identifies the most talented people in that field, and hires them away from the competition.

    The book? “The Art of the Deal.”

    Only one man comes to mind who has all those attributes, plus the stones to do it…

    Liked by 8 people

  11. kpm58 says:

    I went to a party the other night. There I met an 800 lb. gorilla named Harvey. No relation to the rabbit.
    Well we had a nice discussion about how President Trump won even though he spent a lot less money than Hillary. And how this could effect elections, specifically peoples perceptions of elections, beyond 2016.
    Funny but we seemed to be ignored by everyone else during the night. No one even complained when we double dipped the salsa.

    Liked by 8 people

  12. William Ford says:

    So let me see…..DeMint will oversee crafting legislation for the Trump agenda. Then will try to sell it to the GOPe traitors in the House & Senate on the basis of it being the right thing to do that the voters want (but no legal bribe money). This will compete against the K-Street guys pushing their progressive big government legislation backed by millions of dollars in legal bribe money. So what exactly is going to change when they continue to opt to stuff their pockets with the bribe money?

    Liked by 3 people

    • graphiclucidity says:

      There’s not much that can be done in that case other than compromise on specifics and offering pork for votes.

      If all else fails – primary the reticent Republicans and promise to outspend the Democrats in 2018.

      Liked by 2 people

      • soozword says:

        Instead of pork the Administration can promise to help support struggling industries here so they can either come back to the representative’s district from abroad or expand their presence. That way both PTrump AND the rep can boast about creating local jobs, helping to ensure reelection for both. Win-Win bigly!!!!

        Liked by 4 people

      • ZurichMike says:

        More Democrat Senators have to defend their seats in 2018. I think you’ll be seeing some oooperation “suddenly” from them.

        Liked by 3 people

  13. AJ says:

    Trump has a total of 12 months in his 4 year term to get legislation passed. Those twelve months are from May-October in the first and third years of his presidency. The rest of the time is spent on congress politicking for elections and dinking around like they have been since the inauguration. Did you know that congress is only in session 133 days per year?

    The UniParty can easily run the clock out on the Trump legislative agenda! Watch out Trump.

    Liked by 4 people

    • starfcker says:

      Not really AJ. You’ve been drinking the Kool-Aid.. that’s the excuse the uniparty has used to not get anything done for as long as you can remember. Trump don’t care, as a matter of fact he can use it against the legislators that drag their feet by calling them out and spotlighting their lack of action. I’ll bet I’m right on this one

      Liked by 8 people

      • starfcker says:

        Two things. Drinking the Kool-Aid is a little harsh, I did not mean to be disrespectful. Second of all, look at the Flake numbers on somebody’s post above.

        Liked by 3 people

    • RG says:

      They should be required to return home and hold meetings with minutes which can then be made public. The wretched swamp critters don’t need to be in DC if they aren’t in session. It should be against the law for them to own a home in DC too.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Rent-a-mobs go to the Reps’ Town Halls when the Reps come home. My guy is a wonderful Repub Rep very sensitive to the needs of his district. But the people who showed up were screaming (not very Eastern Oregonian) about wanting their free stuff or the jobs involved in giving out the free stuff.

        That latter category (jobs giving out free stuff) is very important and often overlooked.

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  14. Ziiggii says:

    This is a huge set of essays SD! Really!

    Liked by 4 people

  15. Sherlock says:

    I hope Jim D. joins. I have a lot of respect for him, and he could be a tremendous asset.

    Liked by 6 people

  16. Aileen Wright says:

    DeMint contributed to unipartiers Little Marco, Rafael Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee getting elected, half of whom are straightaway U.S.-allegiance-impaired. And DeMint is our friend?

    I’m not buying that compromise. We are trading one brand of red uniparty for another.

    Liked by 3 people

    • wheatietoo says:

      Yeah, I’ve got the same little voice saying that in the back of my head.

      I’ve got some question marks about DeMint that still bother me.
      Ties to the Anti-Trump Koch Brothers, is one of them.

      Liked by 3 people

    • WSB says:

      I, too, am a bit confused by DeMint. Will hold judgement.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Iron Lady says:

      This is true, but there was a time when we liked those guys too.
      Hard to remember though.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Aileen Wright says:

      Yes, those guys seeeemed better back in the day. But they never actually were. With DeMint as a big enabler of theirs, he’s either two-faced or has ridiculously poor judgment for an insider. Either way, he has no business continuing to get a seat at the table of a government purporting to represent me.

      For the record, am not concerned. I’m simply putting it where the rubber meets the road. At this point, I actually do demand much closer to perfection out of our leaders. God laid down the rules of excellent pre-advent government way back when. It is indeed doable, but pre-advent again, we refuse to demand it, and we always settle. So, we deserve to be saddled with bankers and marched into wars and rumors of wars.

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    • DeMint also has been a very vocal advocate of free trade, including NAFTA. He came to fame as a lightening rod in Congress, providing the example for the HFC, Cruz’s and Lee’s. He was key to bringing these people to DC. I don’t know that he would be effective inside the administration, especially with building consensus. The purity caucus is a problem now. Congress, on both sides of the aisle, dig in and ignore the will of the voters. I could see a role for him outside of the administration forming an America First think tank to help inform legislation and recruit candidates to replace those blocking the Trump agenda. That is only IF he truly supports the America First agenda and not the agenda of his previous benefactors. Just my humble opinion.


      • Free trade is good; free trade via a 2000 page agreement is NOT free trade!

        That is just weasel words, knowing that all sensible people understand that trying to pick winners and losers among companies via taxes (tariffs) is a losing game for all but the government entity that is doing the taxation.

        So, tariffs are bad. Tariffs hurt at least one side, if not both. Tariffs do, in fact, lead to “trade wars” – weasel words for “increasing tariff wars.”


        • There is a huge difference between free trade and fair trade. Our POTUS and the most excellent Secretary Ross are doing a phenomenal job educating Americans on trade issues. We see clearly how, and why, the “free” trade agreements of the past 40 years hurt American workers.

          The NAFTA free trade agreement cost thousands of jobs in communities all across our state. Jobs were lost in the Georgetown Steel mills. It wasn’t just the textiles. There have been some successes in bringing in foreign companies such as BMW and Chinese owned Volvo. But these companies were highly incentivized.

          I wouldn’t say all tariffs are bad. Not fond of the tariffs in the Ryan tax plan. But, I have total confidence in President Trump, Wilbur Ross and their team to implement tariffs as needed to balance trade and put America First.

          Now, if DeMint and all of the people he helped bring into Congress: Lee, Cruz, Rubio, Sasse, Flake…are ready to embrace, and work toward, the America First agenda, then I fully support them. If DeMint is ready to commit to our agenda and not the agenda of the K street lobbyists who he currently works for, then that would be great. He is smart and talented.

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  17. graphiclucidity says:

    Jim DeMint would make a much more effective Chief of Staff than Priebus in my book.
    But I doubt that’s the position DeMint would get.


  18. PBR Street Gang says:

    “The Citizens United SCOTUS decision injected massive fuel into the swamp to expand the scale and scope of multinational corporate influence.” I never thought about it like that sundance. I do know it was a big win against Killary and the Clinton Machine. Just saying.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. MVW says:

    Given that congress is now dominated by crooks and crooked pathways, it only makes sense that the way forward is dirt, blackmail and payoffs. So, why would you get a clean cut, above board guy for that, unless you have a back room ‘Mack the Knife’ to do the real ‘splaining.

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  20. shirley49 says:

    That would be so great. Would love to see him as Chief of Staff. Hope Trump brings him in.


  21. Lanna says:

    I thought DeMint was a possibility for Trump’s VP. I think he took himself off the list, stating that being president of Heritage was his dream job.

    He spoke at CPAC back in February, here’s the transcript:

    He’s on the right side of this fight, the speech is a short read, he makes some great points. Calls out the establishment and the “guardians of the swamp”.


  22. Rob says:

    DeMint in the Trump administration would be fantastic. I’ve always felt his talents were being wasted at Heritage, although I admit I’m not exactly aware of what’s going on behind the scenes. But IMHO, having him out working in the public eye is much more valuable than behind the scenes.


  23. daughnworks247 says:

    I would rather have ALL of Heritage Foundation as our think tank. We do need a tack for policy and legislative work. Go after the three establishment freaks trying to push DeMint out? Time to make some phone calls.


    • daughnworks247 says:

      If Heritage becomes another CATO institute, it’s like having 6 pizza parlors on the same block. I would rather be the only guy selling chicken.


  24. TwoLaine says:

    A little background from one questionable source…

    The DeMint–McConnell Feud: A History
    3 Dec 2013


  25. Kaden Cheng says:

    WND has an article on the topic with a slightly different perspective. Posted for data only.


  26. average Joe says:

    I hate ask a dumb question,but what does the GOPe mean?


  27. jstanley01 says:

    Thomas Sowell, commenting on education, has said that academic excellence is the last thing the teachers’ unions and school administrators want. Academic excellence requires real work, not just from students, but from teachers and staff as well.

    Since members of the education establishment suffer from the same laziness that human nature imparts to all, it is unrealistic to expect them to pile more work on themselves. They’ll have to be forced to do so, by introducing competition of course, in the form of vouchers and charter schools, etc.

    It is little surprise that no gimick is too stupid for so-called educators to try, so long as it can stand as a plausible enough substitute for real school work, from a PR angle, to keep their monopoly intact. Why upset the gravy train that delivers its bounty on schedule every payday little to no accountibility? No reason in the world!

    For Congress the incentives are similar, except that, for one thing, their gravy doesn’t come in on trains but on container ships and through pipelines……….

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  28. countrychicken says:

    POTUS Trump NEEDS someone that knows how to deal with congress, IMHO Jim Demint would fit that roll perfectly.


  29. gfgustav says:

    Very interesting essay, SD. I don’t know about Demint, but I think your focus on choking off (or better exploiting) the money pipeline is spot-on. I wonder what kind of behind-the-scenes moves — moves that no one is likely to be thinking about — are possible with regard to that end-game. I wonder what could be done to persuade some of these massive money interests to shift their tactics?

    As Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alistair Smith point out in “The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics” (highly recommended), the key to winning in representative democracies (or better, republics) is to win the “war of ideas.”


  30. Attorney says:

    The GOP Establishment is absolutely vile.


  31. SNAKESRULE says:

    Jim is 65, in his wildest dreams he would not have projected that someone like DJT would have ascended to the Presidency…Jim DeMint is going to be consequential, far, far beyond HF. DJT made it possible. The stars align. Again.

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  32. jmuniz1 says:

    Do not be fulled DeMint is a neo-con he said he is a big Rubio and Cruz supporters Our President is making many mistakes. He has aligned himself with people who hate him and Pence is a horrible pick for VP. If you can find his voting record when he was a congressman let me know. De Mint is a RINO. Read this article “Open Letter to Mike Pence: “Stop Saudis From Steamrolling Indonesian Islam”

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  33. Christy Lyke says:

    What an eye opening discussion of the way things really happen. The why that our votes don’t move these politicians.


  34. Judy K. Warner says:

    DeMint couldn’t afford the pay cut he’d take going to work for the Trump administration. I hope someone will fund a new group for him. However, Heritage has a big role to play too. They used to issue such detailed research reports that legislators could use them to write legislation. This is what happened with the welfare bill in the 1990s, which worked pretty well (though it was limited in its scope) until Obama dismantled it. They did tax bills other bills too. Don’t think of Heritage as ever establishment (though you might disagree with some of their policies they were always based on principle). They pretty much created the conservative presence in Congress from the 1980s on and the reason DeMint was chosen as president was because Ed Feulner wanted to retire at age 70 and Heritage wanted someone who would really get into swamp-clearing. Under DeMint I didn’t see so much of the detailed research that became bills. No doubt some of that was because of the larger influence of K-Street lobbyists, but not entirely. During the recent health care debate I kept waiting for Heritage’s plan. People complained there was no Republican plan and I wondered where Heritage’s plan was. They had always had a health care plan. If they had one now it wasn’t being pushed in the effective way they used to do. I think that this was either DeMint’s fault, or it was blamed on him, and that was one reason he was asked to resign.


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