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2. Jim DeMint Loses the Battle of Waterloo and Helps Pass Obamacare

Remember 2009? It seems like a long time ago. Back then, the Tea Party was in its infancy, and looking for something to rally around. They found it in Obamacare, the most awfulest destruction of liberty since Hitler. DeMint took the lead in fighting against the legislation that, as we all know, had forced the people of Massachusetts into hiding from Gov. Romney’s jack-booted, medicine-dispensing thugs.

DeMint wasn’t just looking to stop a health care plan that might help poor people survive illness. He was also looking to stop Barack Obama, who was a totally illegitimate president because he was a Democrat, and also because he was…well, let’s just say he looked different from most other presidents.

Anyhow, DeMint declared in the summer of 2009 that Republicans should delay action on the Affordable Care Act (they did), and that Tea Party activists would act like jerks during the August recess (they did), and this would cause Obamacare to fail, thus destroying the presidency of Barack Obama (oops).

“Senators and Congressmen will come back in September afraid to vote against the American people,” DeMint said. “This health care 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.”

Of course, we all know what happened next. Jim DeMint made it possible for Obamacare to pass, thus avoiding the breakage of Obama.

How did he do that, you ask? By pushing a primary challenge by Pat Toomey against Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania. Specter was a moderate Republican, and DeMint was putting considerable muscle behind Toomey. Specter, realizing that he couldn’t win a GOP primary, switched sides to the Democrats. He cast the 60th vote to break a filibuster of the Affordable Care Act, allowing the bill to pass the Senate, and ultimately, to be passed into law. Had DeMint not been so eager to force Specter out, it’s entirely possible that Specter would have remained a Republican, remained a solid vote against ending the filibuster, prevented Democrats from passing the Affordable Care Act, and ultimately wounded Obama politically. Instead, thanks to Jim DeMint, Obamacare is now the law of the land. Sure, we’re no longer free, and you can thank DeMint for that.

1. Jim DeMint Helps Democrats Hold Onto the Senate

Say what you will about Pat Toomey, but he did eventually win the Senate race. Not all of DeMint’s choices did so well, however.

In 2010, DeMint backed Sharron Angle, Christine O’Donnell, and Joe Miller in key Senate races. All three candidates became national jokes. Angle somehow lost to Harry Reid, who was slightly less popular than cholera. Republicans held on to Alaska’s senate seat, but only because Lisa Murkowski successfully won re-election as a write-in candidate — and promptly came back to the senate more willing to work with Democrats. Christine O’Donnell, meanwhile, is not a witch, and is not a senator.

2012 wasn’t much better, mind you. Among DeMint’s picks to click were Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, Richard “God Meant You To Be Raped” Mourdock, and George “Macaca” Allen.

If you’re keeping score, at least four seats in the Senate are in Democratic hands because Jim DeMint backed candidates who managed to blow completely unloseable races. It’s not fair to say that DeMint literally cost Democrats control of the Senate — assuming all other seats broke the same way, they’d still have a 51-49 majority. Still, it’s easy to imagine a GOP able to push a bit harder in North Dakota, knowing that they didn’t have to spend a dime to get Dick Lugar re-elected. Easy to imagine that with Mike Castle cruising to victory in 2010, Republicans could redeploy their assets to pick up just one more seat.

When he quit Thursday, DeMint said, “I know I am leaving the Senate better than I found it.” Thanks to DeMint’s tireless work on behalf of Republican candidates, Democrats can absolutely agree.

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6:57PM PST on Dec 11, 2012

I just hope the door climmbs way up in your ass as you leave - won't miss you a bit - I know you're on to more lascivious behavioural conduct - it's just nice to know that your ass isn't going to pollute the Senate any longer - you'll just try to do it in a more devious way -- may you get all you deserve (death isn't too great a wish) - I certainly hope Colbert will fill your abnoxious seat - and bring a little more humanity to this pitiful congress that is insisting on treason!

7:16AM PST on Dec 10, 2012

He should join the like-minded Taliban in Afghanistan...

12:03PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

DeMint says God doesn't like big government.
On a radio show in 2011, DeMint said: "I've said it often and I believe it—the bigger government gets, the smaller God gets. As people become more dependent on government, less dependent on God."

Jim DeMint doesn't want women talking about abortion on the internet.
DeMint says America turning into Iran after President Obama's election (or maybe Germany?).

DeMint puts a hold on National Women's History Museum.

DeMint confuses Chicago teacher strike with violence in the Middle East.
"On my way over, I was reading another story about a distant place where thugs had put 400,000 children out in the streets. And then I realized that was a story about the Chicago teachers strike," DeMint said at the 2012 Values Voters summit in September. "But we've got to think of good things.”

DeMint falsely accuses President Obama of taxing Christmas.
On Fox News in 2011, DeMint said the government was "going to charge taxes on Christmas trees so they can start another government agency to promote Christmas trees. We don't need to do that at the federal level. We can't even afford to do what we're already doing. And to add another tax to something and say we're going to create a promotion agency, it just makes you want to pull your hair out."
This statement was in response to a division of the Department of Agriculture proposing that tree importers and producers pay 15 cents per tree, to fund a promotional campaign for Chr

9:48AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

Rose, you and Jim Demint of course have the right to believe what you like and to live according to your beliefs. You can send your children to Christian schools if you like or home school them. What you can't do is legislate the way others who believe differently can live. It's the job of citizens and government to keep this country a place where people who disagree can live peacefully as they choose as long as they are not harming other citizens. If you don't want your kids taught by unmarried women, gay folks, people born in other countries, people who believe differently from you, don't send them to public school!

9:40AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

Adios Jim Demint!

8:32AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

@ Susan A: "You and your ilk don't matter, you are useless and you will go, albiet not silently, unfortunately."

You really like that word "ilk" don't you? I am not useless and I will not go! There are millions upon millions of me and my ilk. And it is unfortunate for YOU and your ilk that me and my ilk will fight to the death from "going" as you so ignorantly claim.

7:45AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

Will he still receive the benefits we all pay for? So in one sense he's going away but in another were still paying his way.

3:07AM PST on Dec 9, 2012

Marianne C:
"I'm waiting for the scandal to break that explains why he really left.
It'll have to be a doozy for him to have thought it would turn the T Baggers against him. You know, carnal assault of the Washington Monument or something like that."

"DeMint said that open homosexuals should not be teaching, nor should women who were unmarried, yet sleeping with their boyfriends"
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HMMMMMM, EXPERIENCE has shown, that THE MOST ANTI-GAY PEOPLE ARE USUALLY GAY THEMSELVES.... could THAT be it?????!!!!!?????
chortle, chortle...

8:08PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Well! Isn't HE just the brightest little firefly in the sky?

5:05PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

Thanks Sharon H. :)

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