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Jim DeMint endorses Dino Rossi in Washington State



South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint has endorsed former Washington state Sen. Dino Rossi. AP Photo

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint will throw his support to former Washington state Sen. Dino Rossi's Senate bid today, the latest in a series of endorsements in contested intraparty squabbles by the rising conservative icon.

"When I met with Dino a couple months ago, he made it clear he was only interested in running if Republicans were serious about saving our country from fiscal collapse," DeMint will say in announcing the endorsement. "I've studied his record and his positions on the key issues, and it's clear that he will stand up to the establishment in both parties."

The formal endorsement comes from DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund, which collected better than $2 million in the first six months of the year. DeMint allies believe they can raise upwards of $500,000 for Rossi's candidacy.

In backing Rossi, DeMint finds himself opposite former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin who has endorsed former Washington Redskins tight end Clint Didier.

Rossi and Didier as well as Sen. Patty Murray (D) and several other candidates will run on the same primary ballot on Aug. 17. Due to the state's unique election law, the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the general election.

Rossi, who lost races for governor in 2004 and 2008, is widely expected to be the Republican to emerge as their nominee against Murray.

If Rossi does win, he will join a growing number of DeMint-backed candidates to claim victories in contested primaries. That list includes former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio, who drove Gov. Charlie Crist (I) from the Republican primary this spring, Kentucky ophthalmologist Rand Paul, former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle and Utah businessman Mike Lee.

DeMint has also picked his fair of lemons, however, in Indiana state Sen. Marlin Stutzman and California state Assemblywoman Chuck DeVore -- both of whom lost Senate primaries earlier this year.

In addition to Rossi, DeMint has a few endorsements pending with Weld County prosecutor Ken Buck in the Aug. 10 Colorado Senate primary and Ron Johnson in the Sept. 14 Wisconsin Senate primary.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 29, 2010; 2:24 PM ET
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Demint's allies, the ones who can raise a half mill Rossi? The fact that they can raise a half mill means they are most def NOT tea party-types. Those folks can't collect the coffee money. No, as the Didier crowd suspects, Demint is just shaking the traditional Republican money tree, the favors and deals money tree.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 30, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

See what the rest of the world doesn't know about this guy from my State.
http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/6790627/

Who's the BEST alternative to Patty Murray?... "Whose Shoes Will You Choose?" Here's the Right choice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0QOt7u-cHM

Posted by: LetsGet_it_Right | July 30, 2010 2:40 AM | Report abuse

Now that DeMint has endorsed Dino Rossi, the Tea Party in Washington will be split between him and Clint Didier.

If DeMint REALLY stands up for populist conservatives, then why would he back the Establishment in this primary? He didn't endorse Dan Coats the establishment candidate in Indiana.

Posted by: pinwizard39 | July 29, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Quote from Ronald Reagan: "The right hand doesn't know what the far-right hand is doing."

Posted by: chuck8 | July 29, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Bondosan, that was a fine post. You should write the model 9 paragraphs in the 3000 word limit.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 29, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler,
"Gee Brigade then maybe you could explain to me why Vietnamese speak openly and plainly while it's Americans who lower their voices, look around before speaking, and then whisper behind their hands."
---

Vietnam: an open society. U.S.: people afraid to speak out. Right.

Clearly delusional.

Posted by: Brigade | July 29, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Gee Brigade then maybe you could explain to me why Vietnamese speak openly and plainly while it's Americans who lower their voices, look around before speaking, and then whisper behind their hands.

You stay here and celebrate your precious free market.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 29, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Being astounded that Demint endorsed anyone from Washington State is missing the point.

This is silly season, when, traditionally, news was scant and Newspapers took to silly stunts like frying eggs on sidewalks to keep up readership.

Consider the condition of literate republicans. Their party long ago abandoned rational political thought and debate, and took up running on "Principles" which at this point consist of basically three bullets:

Tax Cuts

Democrats Bad

and SS: Must win the Social Security debate of the thirties.

Having gotten their heads handed to them twice, the RNC and the Republican Congressional Leadership decided to try for a No Place To Put That Hat Trick and take the same losing platform into the midterms in the vain hope that enough Americans had forgotten their last period in control of the levers of Government to let them back on the job site.

So, faced with the same losers that got the Republican party into this mess, and the same Republican Candidates who followed instructions and meekly put their heads in the Guillotine the last time, reasonable R's would otherwise stay home on primary day and repeat on election day.

Since the RNC isn't about to rethink its position, The press has top do something top make it look like there will be a meaningful opposition in November, thus the "Republican Resurgence."

But the dynamic that produces this attempt to flog a dead element also lead the parties most effective in killing the beast in the first place to decide that now is the time to fight over the corpse, to see who can cause the greatest putrefaction.

So various T's and C's and plain vanilla R's are now in a desperate struggle for what is left of the soul of the Republican party.

In that context, Demint backing one loser and Palin backing another is actually fascinating, because it is jackals and vultures fighting over a carcass.

And the more they fight, and the more that carcass rots, the better the democrats will do in November.

So "Jim DeMint endorses Dino Rossi in Washington State in banner type really is an headline worthy of the ink, because it tracks the sideshow that the Republican party insists on relegating itself to.

And watching this Elephant rot is much more fascinating than watching some third stringer fry an egg on the sidewalk.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 29, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Dino is always the bridesmaid and never the bride. I hope that the GOP dumps a ton of cash on a fools errand.

Posted by: djeterpt1 | July 29, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote,
"Controversy allows the fact that people have varying opinions and Mormons don't really do varying opinions, or even opinions period. The LDS church dictates doctrine, and people do and think as they're told."
---

This from someone who's moving to Vietnam, a third-world communist "society" where the slightest hint of dissent or government criticism lands the critic in prison. One can only marvel at the utter lack of moral consistency.

Posted by: Brigade | July 29, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

DeMint is on his bid to change the US Senate from the inside out. The senate is, and has been for a very long time if not forever, a place where senators go along to get along...translation, I'll vote for piece of pork if you will vote for mine. DeMint truly wants to change this in the US Senate. Right now, there are very few that will truly stand on those principles. So endorsing losing candidates that would stand on those principles, like Stutzman and DeVore, are just casualities in the ultimate battle. In the case of DeVore, it's best he lost the Cali. GOP primary as he wouldn't have been able to beat Sen. Boxer in Cali. Stutzman lost in Indiana, but DeMint & the CFG support did lend him disgraced Rep. Mike Souder's congressional nomination as Souder had to bow out of the race. So getting Stutzman in congress, albeit the House, is still a major victory for DeMint & fiscal conservatives in the long run. With Rubio, Paul, Lee & Angle as the GOP nominee's DeMint has indeed won more than he lost this election cycle. Lee is almost a shoo-in in Utah. Paul has above an even money bet to win in Kentucky. Angle & Rubio are both even money bets to win in Nevada & Florida, respectively. In Wisconsin, Ron Johnson is the sure fire GOP nominee. In Colorodo, a real fight is on between Norton vs. Buck for the Senate GOP nomination. I think Rossi will win in Washington. Noone can deny DeMint is a force to be reckoned with in the senate. With DeMint's endorsement naturally also comes help from the Club for Growth, which means money collected and money spent on these candidate's behalf. Money will not be spent on moderate Republican candidates, or even on Republican candidates who aren't fiscally conservative enough for the Club & DeMint. This power is real and is tapping into the anger of people who's money is being spent on useless projects all over the nation. People like Jim DeMint & Tom Coburn are fighting for us, the American taxpayer. This is really going to make a difference in the US Senate for the better.

Posted by: reason5 | July 29, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

This is certainly sad news. Not as sad for Washington State's conservatives who all back Didier (with the exception of the few who back Paul Akers), but for Jim DeMint. He's gone from "rising conservative star" to "fading opportunist memory," and it's probably no more than the failure to take the time to look into this race properly.
Didier takes clear and passionate Conservative positions. Dino does shifting and ambiguous dodging laced with conservative-sounding code words.
Dino Rossi is a moderate and that is not speculation, but my six-year professional analysis as a former Rossi supporter. I recommend no further donations to DeMint's fund. There's no telling what they may be used for.
Doug Parris,
President,
The Reagan Wing of Washington State

Posted by: doug35 | July 29, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Bondosan, you nailed it.

No, we won't see that column ever. CC is afraid his phone might stop ringing.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 29, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Dino Rossi's new campaign slogan:

South Carolina loves Dino like they love our Boeing jobs!!!

Posted by: SeattleDevilDog | July 29, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

HOLY SH*T!!!:

This just in...

Senator Chuck Schumer has endorsed Patty Murray in Washington State!!!

Can you believe it?

Now write a nine-paragraph blog post about it.

Posted by: Bondosan | July 29, 2010 3:44 PM"
_________________

Post of the week!


Posted by: broadwayjoe

#################

Absolutely Post of the week. Bondosan bursts the balloon of this piece of nonesense post.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 29, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Quick, everyone run for the exits. The tieup of two certifiables is not unique. Rossi makes his dough by selling foreclosed mansions and DeMint is a dyed in the wool Southern idiot. Neither worth a good chaw of tobaccy.

Posted by: JLF0425 | July 29, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine if he'd left it as Locke had it, life, liberty and the pursuit of property? The Indians would have had it even worse, or at least faster. Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Fun. I like that. Might have saved lives.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 29, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

"Alvin Greene is about the ONLY democrat in the country this year who will excite the electorate -"

Try as you may, you cannot top using "Snooki" knowledge as a necessary and sufficient condition for the determining whether the POTUS is "out-of-touch".

But it is an amusing thought.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 29, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of fun, the right to it is unalienable, assuming that mere fun is a Rx for happiness.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

I have been reliably informed that TJ wrote that these truths were sacred, and that BF used his editor's marker to strike out "sacred" and replace it with the phrase "self-evident".

Posted by: mark_in_austin | July 29, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

"I value my fun higher than yours."

See, this is the problem with America today.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 29, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"And stop trying to wreck my fun."

I value my fun higher than yours.


""DeMint has also picked his fair of lemons..." like Rossi, Angle, Rubio and Paul. *snicker* *chortle*"

Now thats making lemonade out of lemons.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 29, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

More anguish from Ped and drivl over how to "properly" run a blog.

the former bought only the left side of a house. that's how clever she is.

the latter thinks copywriting is copy and pasting - that's writing!

Add in some sparkling wit, a shining personality, a thirst for balance and fairness and a modicum of subtlety and you have........neither of these two nitwits.

Posted by: Dead_and_Barryd | July 29, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

To be fair, Mormons also don't have access to the non-prescription tranquilizers that the rest of us do.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 29, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

...can a candidate that DeMint loves win an election in a purple state?
Posted by: bsimon1

Are you calling Washington a purple state?

Meanwhile, Utah is so aversive to controversy, every time controversy tries to go there it is repulsed, like, a force field of Rorer 714s.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 29, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

More-on Utah: it's not just that everyone's conservative, there is also the fact that Mormons are extremely aversive to controversy. Controversy allows the fact that people have varying opinions and Mormons don't really do varying opinions, or even opinions period. The LDS church dictates doctrine, and people do and think as they're told.

And if you want to know how well this works, go take a look at tranquilizer prescription statistics, state by state.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 29, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Alvin Greene might beat DeMint

Let's face it - DeMint is in the most dangerous position of any candidate in the country this year.

There is nothing DeMint can do - if the people want to go out and vote for Alvin Greene - they will - and DeMint will be an afterthought - thought long after.

Alvin Greene is about the ONLY democrat in the country this year who will excite the electorate -


If DeMint has one huffy moment - one show of arrogance, and that could be his undoing.

DeMint is in a very dangerous position right now.

.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 29, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

No, he will come in second in the primary, which means he will lose twice against Murray in one cycle. And stop trying to wreck my fun.

"DeMint has also picked his fair of lemons..." like Rossi, Angle, Rubio and Paul. *snicker* *chortle*

Posted by: shrink2 | July 29, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

shrink writes
""If Rossi does win..." *snicker* *chortle*

Sorry to go on and on about it, the regulars already knows how funny I think this is"


Yes, but he was talking about the primary, not the general.

Or are you similarly skeptical of Rossi's ability to win the primary?

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 29, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Endorsement? Feh- headline should read "DeMint To Claim Credit if Rossi Finishes in Top Two Aug 17".

Although, who knows? Rossi might need the help if his candidacy announcement video is any indication:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T0crqgYC0E

Posted by: keldurron | July 29, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"HOLY SH*T!!!:

This just in...

Senator Chuck Schumer has endorsed Patty Murray in Washington State!!!

Can you believe it?

Now write a nine-paragraph blog post about it.

Posted by: Bondosan | July 29, 2010 3:44 PM"
_________________

Post of the week!

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 29, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

"If Rossi does win, he will join a growing number of DeMint-backed candidates to claim victories in contested primaries. That list includes former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio, who drove Gov. Charlie Crist (I) from the Republican primary this spring, Kentucky ophthalmologist Rand Paul, former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle and Utah businessman Mike Lee."

And these primary results were in the public interest? Is this value-free reporting? No moral compass? Reminds us of the earlier comment that AZ Gov. Jan Brewver was a "genius" for supporting the AZ racial profiling law. Was Strom Thurmond a genius for winning elections by opposing civil rights legislation? Good grief.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 29, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

HOLY SH*T!!!:

This just in...

Senator Chuck Schumer has endorsed Patty Murray in Washington State!!!

Can you believe it?

Now write a nine-paragraph blog post about it.

Posted by: Bondosan | July 29, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

ONE has to question the honesty of the immigration groups - what these groups want is to STOP all enforcement of federal immigration laws - and get amnesty.

It is time that the country is honest about what these groups really want.

"Comprehensive Immigration Reform" does NOT mean that - it mean THEY WANT AMENSTY FOR EVERY ILLEGAL ALIEN.

I really can not believe these groups - trying to LECTURE Americans on the 4th Amendment and the division of Federal and State powers - WHEN IN FACT THEIR REAL OBJECTIVE IS TO EVADE FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS.

These people are AIDING AND ABETTING people who are breaking FEDERAL laws.


They are NOT upholding the Constitution - they are ORGANIZING TO HELP PEOPLE BREAK FEDERAL LAWS.

This has become a joke - these are CRIMINAL ENTERPRISES

The idea that these CRIMINALS are hiding behind our Constitution is unbelievable - it is OFFENSIVE.

.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 29, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

12Bar


The way you sterotype entire groups of people living in one area is astonishing.

.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 29, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

It's kind of weird, though. It seems like the politicians in Utah, not liberal by any means, aren't crazy conservative. I don't know what the current governor of Utah is like, but Huntsman didn't strike me as insane. Hatch and Bennett are conservative, no doubt, but like middle of the road conservatives. While Bennett got the axe, it was by the party elite, not actual Republican voters.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 29, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

"Jim DeMint endorses Dino Rossi in Washington State"

... and the news story is?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | July 29, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Based on the candidates the Fix lists, the only place they can win is Utah, where Dems practically don't exist.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 29, 2010 3:00 PM
----------------------------------
Speaking as someone who lived in Utah several times, bsimon couldn't be more right. It used to puzzle me that one rarely saw campaign signs there and NEVER heard political arguments among the regular people. There is a reason for that--there is literally no disagreement. Everyone is conservative, even the few Democrats.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | July 29, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

This blog is reducing the aplomb of a once-great newspaper to checkout counter status. Gibbering Pawlenty puff pieces. Dan Coats the anti-Obama, Romney's staff directory, absolutely trivial endorsements. And it gets stupider and more trivial with every passing week, at the level of network television.

And to think Cillizza draws a salary for this junk.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 29, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"If Rossi does win..." *snicker* *chortle*

Sorry to go on and on about it, the regulars already knows how funny I think this is, but if this is what the Republican Rising! is all about in other places, it is o-v-e-r, it is dead on arrival, it has a fork stuck in it, the toothpick comes out clean, it is done.

Posted by: shrink2 | July 29, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Rossi has the name recognition - and he will win the seat - one up for the Republicans.

The Republicans are going after Feingold in Wisconsin too. Another Republican win.

In Illinois, Giannoulis has many problems - and Kirk has his problems - but in the end Kirk will pull it out.


Florida is a wildcard - and could take a bunch of twists and turns - Meek could win the seat.

All in all the Republicans are going to end up with 51 seats and control of the Senate.

The pundits do not fully understand that the American People do NOT want Obama and the democrats in complete control of the government - they want split power and COMPROMISE.


If you remember, that is what Obama promised in 2008 COMPROMISE, but Obama did not deliver - that will be Obama's legacy - his lone legacy - what happens when a candidate's platform is a FRAUD.

No one wants to hear FALSE CHARGES OF RACISM - the country has turned the corner on that issue too -


At this point, ANY racism charges will DAMAGE OBAMA more than help him.


Anyway - don't try to explain that to the democrats who are still looking under every rock for racism.


.

Posted by: YouCanPostThis | July 29, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"I hope Demint continues to do his empire building with proven losers like Rossi."

That's the thing: can a candidate that DeMint loves win an election in a purple state? Based on the candidates the Fix lists, the only place they can win is Utah, where Dems practically don't exist.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 29, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

June bugs are famously immoral, like in Shakespeare's "hot as goats and june bugs."

My real complaint is that this breathless Rossi reporting makes the Fix look silly. I hope Demint continues to do his empire building with proven losers like Rossi.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | July 29, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"If Rossi does win, he will join a growing number of DeMint-backed candidates to claim victories in contested primaries. That list includes former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio, who drove Gov. Charlie Crist (I) from the Republican primary this spring, Kentucky ophthalmologist Rand Paul, former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle and Utah businessman Mike Lee."


Perhaps it is only of interest to me that of all the DeMint 'winners' listed, only Lee, in Utah, is a front-runner to win the general election. Paul is perhaps in the lead, but within the margin of error. Rubio is losing ground, slightly trailing Crist in a three way race with many undecideds. Angle has lost her lead & trails, outside the margin of error.

If I were a GOP strategist, I'd be wondering whether it was time to perhaps moderate the party's message.

Posted by: bsimon1 | July 29, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey, it's win-win. No matter if Didler or Rossi wins the nomination, we can spend the day talking about how Palin or DeMint has such prominence within the party.

Posted by: DDAWD | July 29, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow a Republican Senator with the brains of a grasshopper endorses a Republican Senator wannabe with the morals of a June bug.

Put out an Extra print edition.

WaPo, can't you find someone who can report actual news instead of this pap? This gets worse every week.

Posted by: Noacoler | July 29, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Wow, now there is some earthshaking news.


Equally important, what did TPaw have for breakfast?

Posted by: drindl | July 29, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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