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Mitch McConnell better beware Jim DeMint

Y'all can focus on the come-from-outta-nowhere win of Christine O'Donnell, the perky Republican Senate nominee from Delaware. My attention is focused on Room 361-A of the Russell Senate Office Building. That's where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) hangs his hat. After last night's results, he ought to keep a wary eye on Room 340. That's where Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) hangs his hat. And after O'Donnell's victory last night, DeMint probably has a pretty big head.

DeMint, the super-conservative junior senator from the Palmetto State who sits atop the Senate Conservatives Fund, has been bucking the party establishment to endorse candidates of his own liking. I know there's a long way to go between now to Nov. 2, but if by some miracle O'Donnell, Sharron Angle (Nev.), Ken Buck (Colo.), Ron Johnson (Wisc.), Mike Lee (Utah), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Rand Paul (Ky.), Dino Rossi (Wash.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Pat Toomey (Penn.) actually get elected, DeMint would have a substantial bloc in the Republican delegation. That ought to make the scarily serene and cold McConnell a little hot under the collar. Assuming DeMint's primary endorsement prowess hasn't already driven him to distraction.

You know, all this reminds me of that scene in the 1998 film "Elizabeth" when the Queen is warned that the Duke of Norfolk was gaining power in court and that if she didn't act quickly and soon he could lay claim to the throne. Well, we all know what happened after that. Unfortunately for McConnell, he can't avail himself of Elizabeth I's methods. His best hope is that the voters in some of those states decide not to send DeMint's favorites to Washington.

By Jonathan Capehart  | September 15, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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The TP Republicans are so dangerous.

Not only will they roll back all social, technological and political progress that we made in the USA since the country was founded.

they will make you forget it.

Dead or Alive..


Posted by: vettesport | September 15, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Finally someone to bring back the 2 party system that are founders designed.

The republicans have been trying to be democrats for far too long. Not much difference between a one party system and a monarchy or dictatorship.

If DeMint has his way maybe the politicians will start waking up and seeing "we The People".

Wow.... I am starting to sound like a tea partier....and patriot.

Posted by: earnfreesilver | September 15, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Well I was happy Capehart, until you gave me a shiver.

What's scary is if the nut cases and kooks end up getting together and actually putting one of their psycos in office.


Posted by: lindalovejones | September 15, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

earnfreesilver @ September 15, 2010 3:00 PM wrote "Finally someone to bring back the 2 party system that are founders designed."

You are indeed a Tea Partier!

Oh, can you point me to where in the Constitution the founders discussed the 2 party system?

Posted by: AMviennaVA | September 15, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Dino Rossi is no moderate, he is a turn coat, and will jump onto any conservative band wagon that comes along.

Disgusting to consider him a moderate - he will say anyting to get elected and he will be like Riechert, an obstructionist and do nothing.

When will republicans come up with ideas aside from kill government?

Posted by: cjculver2003 | September 15, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Dino Rossi will not win. He is a perennial loser like Rick Lazio. Read this:

Posted by: Amminadab | September 15, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

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