View Full Version : Jim DeMint gives Rand Paul a warning about the ways of Washington

11-03-2010, 08:02 AM
Good article by DeMint in the WSJ:

Congratulations to all the tea party-backed candidates who overcame a determined, partisan opposition to win their elections. The next campaign begins today. Because you must now overcome determined party insiders if this nation is going to be spared from fiscal disaster.

Many of the people who will be welcoming the new class of Senate conservatives to Washington never wanted you here in the first place. The establishment is much more likely to try to buy off your votes than to buy into your limited-government philosophy. Consider what former GOP senator-turned-lobbyist Trent Lott told the Washington Post earlier this year: "As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them."

Don't let them. Co-option is coercion. Washington operates on a favor-based economy and for every earmark, committee assignment or fancy title that's given, payback is expected in return. The chits come due when the roll call votes begin. This is how big-spending bills that everyone always decries in public always manage to pass with just enough votes.

Tea party Republicans were elected to go to Washington and save the countryŚnot be co-opted by the club. So put on your boxing gloves. The fight begins today.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704141104575588612828579920.html?m od=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

11-03-2010, 08:27 AM
Full of great advice.... worth reading the entire article.
I'm going to forward it to my state representative.

11-03-2010, 08:47 AM
Props to DeMint on that piece of advice..

11-03-2010, 08:47 AM
Damn that neocon Demint. He can't be trusted. (sarc) :D;)

11-03-2010, 08:48 AM
Excellent article. I hope the Tea Party candidates follow the advice of Sen. DeMint.

11-03-2010, 09:56 AM
Good advice. By that same token, while Rand will agree with DeMint on most domestic issues, he needs to stand up on his own right on foreign policy to the establishment Republicans (including DeMint on this area).