July 29, 2011


How Jim DeMint Sunk the Boehner Plan

David Weigel has one of the more interesting sub-plots in the story behind the failure of House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) debt ceiling plan: "of the 25 'nos,' 5 come from the entire GOP delegation from South Carolina."

A Politico report on Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) from June might explain why: "The unspoken reality is that no South Carolina Republican wants to run against a candidate endorsed by DeMint. He helped deliver a new class of ultraconservatives to office this fall by backing fiercely conservative candidates. The four newcomers want that seal of approval... In the delegation, DeMint serves as a sort of movement godfather, consulting House members on vote choices and the finer points of life in Washington."










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