Bucking a number of mainstream Republicans, South Carolina U.S. Senator Jim DeMint has backed a number of successful Tea Party candidates during the primary season. U.S. senatorial candidates like Christine O’Donnell of Delaware and Marco Rubio of Florida have been jumpstarted in large measure because of DeMint’s backing. Appearing on CNN Sunday, DeMint delivered a sobering message for the GOP establishment: “Frankly, if we get the majority again, even if it’s just in the (U.S.) House, and we don’t do what we say, I think the Republican Party’s dead.”
DeMint has long argued that when Republicans controlled Congress during the Bush Administration, they spent and borrowed too much. Democrats and a number of Republicans have argued that the Tea Party candidates are extremists. DeMint calls the attack bogus,
This is kind of uniting America. My point is the quickest way to a majority, the quickest way to 60 votes in the Senate is to have Republicans that stand on principle. It’s nothing right wing. What I’m talking about is where mainstream America is and it’s just common sense.
DeMint says he is supporting a number of Tea Party Republicans because they have their fingers on the pulse of the majority of Americans. DeMint says it is Democrats that are at the political extreme.
The urgency for me is the Democrat Party, and I know this sounds partisan, but it is completely dysfunctional. They are at the left of Europe. Republicans are the only ones that can carry the banner of what millions of Americans are saying: not only Republicans, independents, Democrats and that is stop the spending, stop the borrowing, stop the debt, stop the takeovers.
One of the candidates DeMint is backing, Christine O’Donnell of Delaware, is now busy answering questions about her 1999 appearance on “Real Time with Bill Maher” where as a high school student she tells the political satirist that she dabbled in witchcraft.