Marc Gallagher at LibertyMaven ponders Jim DeMint and the possibilities:
Jim DeMint endorsed O’Donnell and is being criticized by some for being too ideological. DeMint is having none of it. From Politico.com:
Asked if he were concerned that O’Donnell’s nomination could cost his party a seat, DeMint said he wasn’t “interested in political ideology or party right now. We need people up here to understand we’ve got to get back to limited government, and we can’t afford to have other Republicans who don’t get the message.”
Like Ron Paul, DeMint is, of course, exactly right. On CNN Ron Paul spoke about building coalitions while not compromising principles. That is something he has done his entire career in politics.
I don’t believe Ron Paul can win the presidency in 2012 should he choose to run. He has too much baggage for some ignorant people and there are a lot of ignorant people who vote. However, should Jim DeMint make a run in 2012 and team up with Ron Paul as his running mate… well… I think that could be a compelling ticket for Republicans and all of the truly limited government conservatives, independents and tea party revolutionaries out there.
Some of my fellow Ron Paulites will scoff at the thought of having DeMint, a foreign policy interventionist, at the top of the ticket. For as wrong as DeMint is on foreign policy, he is exactly what America needs for economic policy. There will be plenty of time for Ron Paul to bring him around on foreign policy, especially as it relates to economics. In the meantime, they could unite on cutting spending and taxes, auditing the Federal Reserve, repealing Obamacare, and so much more.
I agree with most (although not necessarily ALL) of Marc’s comments. I admit to a level of concern about what comes out of another Paul run in 2012, and what that run might do to the Campaign for Liberty. And like Marc, I don’t think Ron Paul will ever be the President—he’s the prophet—the John the Baptist—that comes to shake people up and warn them of what’s coming.
Likewise, I think that where Jim DeMint is concerned, Marc is correct in his concerns about DeMint’s more interventionist views (it may be a difference without a distinction, but I’m not convinced that DeMint is a “neocon”, but rather that he’s bought into what so many of us Baby Boomers did—that the U.S. is a “power for good” in the world, and that having been given so much, it is incumbent on us to attempt to “keep the peace”…and yes, I know that the reality is different) when it comes to some of the “Ron Paulites.”
DeMint has been on my radar for the better part of the last year or so. He may be looking at a presidential run…on the other hand, given his involvement in Senate races apart from the Party structure, one wonders whether there might not be something else in his mind. If he ends up being responsible for helping to elect a nice chunk of new Republican Senators—I’ve lost track of how many his PAC has supported that have won primaries, but I’m thinking we’re up to 6 or 7 at least—that’s more than 11% of a 51 vote majority party in the Senate. Now, would it be possible to come up with a majority (26) of votes to win a Majority Leader spot in the Senate in 2012. It’s hard to tell, but stranger things could happen, if there was a widespread sense by senators that THEY would be in trouble if they didn’t start changing the “look” of the GOP.
It’s all political gamesmanship, obviously. I could certainly support DeMint, if he decided to run for President and got the nomination, because I believe that he would be a realistic alternative who would try to move us in the right direction on a lot of the things that I care about. Absent some sort of cataclysmic event, I have trouble seeing how we get to a true “revolution”, and we may need to work toward an “evolution”.