The Old Boys Club Is Getting Annoyed With Jim DeMint

Conservative Leader Stands Firm on Earmark Reform

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No good deed goes unpunished in the U.S. Senate. That's the lesson Sen. Jim DeMint (R.-S.C.) is learning for taking principled stands for fiscal restraint and against amnesty. Roll Call ($) has a lengthy article today detailing the growing frustration of Senate Republican leaders with DeMint.

DeMint led a small group of Republican conservatives who successfully killed immigration reform in June and has openly dueled with Democratic leaders over earmark reform, calling them out for refusing to adopt Senate-specific earmark rule changes before going to conference on a broader ethics bill that includes them.

That willingness to sidestep his leadership on immigration last month, and his ongoing fight with Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) over earmarks reforms, has begun to irritate Republican Senate elders, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Minority Whip Trent Lott (Miss.).

According to several Republicans, party leaders have made it clear to DeMint that while they may give him some running room over the next few appropriations-laden weeks, they will not tolerate what they see as repeated efforts to hijack the Senate floor and the public spotlight.

It's that latest battle with Reid over earmark reform that seems to be testing the patience of some Republicans. Even though the ethics bill in question passed 98-0 earlier this year, Reid wants to dilute the earmark rule as it pertains to the Senate. DeMint doesn't want to let him get away with it and has threatened to hold up the bill through the August recess if necessary. The fact that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) supports the earmark language and Reid voted for it isn't exactly helping their cause.

Still, DeMint seems to have annoyed some members of the Old Boys Club, who have no qualms about spending taxpayer money on earmarks, and are therefore reluctant to reform the earmarking process. Fortunately for conservatives, DeMint isn't about to give up. "This isn't a job I wanted, but I'm good at it," he told Roll Call, adding, "I'm going to continue doing what I'm doing."

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GoO Jim GO !!!!! " Don't let the B@#$%&rds beat you "

profanity. Although technically, when referring to both Dem and GOP Senate leadership, I'd say parentage was a fair question on all those idiots.

Jim DeMint and Tom Coburn are a couple of Big Swinging [Richard]s, as far as I'm concerned. Those are guys who remember what the Founding Fathers had in mind. And I'm backing them all the way.

It's war -- so when can we start shooting back at the enemy Democrats?

then he must be doing the right thing. Go Jim!

Go Jim! Lott and McConnell are bent because the American public agrees with you. McConnell may not be there very much longer and Lott may not be in any leadership position.

John from Jefferson

DeMint is the hero of the AMNESTY defeat, among many, so any time I can congratulate him I will. We need more DeMints not less. Keep on hacking.

...a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right...

---Thomas Paine---

Our BETTER Senator. He really did great work on amnesty and is doing great work on earmarks. Very popular her in SC

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