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DeMint and gridlock

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 06:38 AM

If you believe government does far too much — and the world would be a much better place if more people followed the motto “don’t just do something, stand there” — you might enjoy South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint’s response to those who criticize his efforts to elect conservative candidates.

Bloomberg Business Week sought that response in its latest issue:

[Some Republican colleagues] argue that O'Donnell and other "DeMint disciples," as former Senate Republican leader Trent Lott calls them, are so conservative and inexperienced that they aren't likely to win in the general election. If that happens, they say, he will deny the GOP the 10 seats it needs to take control of the Senate. "We've probably just written off Delaware, and we're shocked and disappointed about it," says Ron Bonjean, a former top Republican Hill aide.

DeMint doesn't care. "I've been told by businesses that if we would stop the tax increases the best thing that could happen for business after that is complete gridlock. At least gridlock is predictable," he tells Bloomberg Businessweek, taking a quick break between TV appearances. His goal, he says, is to stop programs that violate his anti-Big Government ideology. "What happens in the Senate is the Republicans sink to the lowest common denominator," he says. "People want an alternative to some kind of watered-down Republican philosophy."

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