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.
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