May 19th, 2010
01:51 PM ET
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Jim DeMint: Conservative kingmaker?

Sen. Jim DeMint has made a series of endorsements in 2010.
Sen. Jim DeMint has made a series of endorsements in 2010.

Washington (CNN) - Jim DeMint has a message to the Washington political establishment: An "American awakening" is taking place across the country, as seen in the Tea Party-backed Rand Paul's win in Kentucky's Republican Senate primary.

"It shows that Americans want strong leaders who will stand up to the massive spending, bailouts, and debt in Washington that are bankrupting our country," DeMint said in a statement.

Among conservatives and Tea Party groups, DeMint - a first-term Republican senator from South Carolina - has become a political heavyweight, lending conservative credentials and financial resources to little-known, outside-the-beltway candidates.

His efforts, an expert said, is geared towards building support for himself with the conservative base and positioning himself as a leading voice in the anti-Washington movement.

"I would characterize his efforts to position himself as an attempt to be seen as the thinking person's Sarah Palin," said Jeremy Mayer, a political scientist and professor of public policy at George Mason University. "He has a lot of the same positions as Sarah Palin, he speaks to a lot of the same constituencies but he has a much longer record of public service" and isn't as polarizing.

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  1. sonny chapman

    Where was he when Cheney said, "Reagen proved that deficits don't matter" ?

    May 19, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Carlos

    "the thinking person's Sarah Palin" = awesome, but not really saying a whole lot.

    May 19, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. Vic of New York

    Jim, actually I'm convinced your're a bit delusional. Perhaps their is a REPUGNICAN awakening going on. But I for one can't wait for November.

    The real awakening for Republicans may come when they discover that the TEA Party may in fact be to the Right what the "Rainbow Party" was to the Left!

    May 19, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Marty, FL

    Waterloo DeMint? Please.

    While Rand Paul can be congratulated for surpassing McConnell/Cheney's shortcomings, the other story largely underplayed by the media is that Kentucky Democrats showed up in much higher numbers yesterday for their election.

    May 19, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    DeMint has been accused of being a little too far right of the John Birch Society.

    May 19, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. Mike B

    All Jim Demint is doing is building a bunch of IOU's that he will be able to cash in during his 2016 or later run for the Presidency. His PAC is giving money to "conservatives only" across the nation, and as he donates his PAC funds and his endorsements he is building a coast to coast network that is needed for a national run. If he is elected President he will make Ronald Reagan seem like an amatuer. Just as Dick Cheney made Bush's Imperial Presidency far more powerful than anything Tricky Dick Nixon ever did. Dick Cheney worked in the Nixon Administration, then as Chief of Staff to President Ford then as Sec of Defense for Bush 41 before he got to expand Presidential powers for Bush 43. Jim Demint will far surpass anything these iconic republicans ever did and if you think that will be good for the average American I have some ocean front property in New Mexico for you.

    May 19, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. Fair is Fair

    It's alright, folks... the noise you just heard was CNN's liberal lapdog blogger's heads simultaneously exploding.

    May 19, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Michael from Ventura

    I'm anxious to see what scandal or affair, or bribe, or ethical slip he has committed. This guy will definetly be even bigger news someday! Mark my words!!

    May 19, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  9. Lisa

    OK,

    we just have to wait until we'll discover that he has a lover too!!!!!!

    Ah, these "conservatives" are sooooooo funny!!

    May 19, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  10. aware

    Beware sir! God's ways are not the same as the world's! :(

    May 19, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  11. Roger

    "Thinking Persons" Sarah Palin. Loves it!!!!

    May 19, 2010 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Roger Whipple

    "Thinking Persons" Sarah Palin. Loves it!!!! Keep going Tea baggers!! You are a Godsend to the Dems!!!

    May 19, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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