U.S. Senator Jim DeMint sets a national example for our intramural party fight

Six months ago I noted the creation of the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF)  – which bills itself as a political action committee –

– “dedicated to electing true conservatives to the United States Senate. SCF seeks to bring bold conservative leadership to Washington by supporting only the most rock-solid, conservative candidates nationwide.”

The other day I received an email letter/advertisement from Tennessee U.S. Senator Jim DeMint promoting the PAC, and taking aim at a fellow Republican from Florida.

“Dear Friend:

I’m writing to tell you about a very important race for the U.S. Senate and to ask for your help.

Marco Rubio, the former Florida House Speaker, is running for the U.S. Senate against Governor Charlie Crist in the Republican primary in Florida. Marco Rubio is a principled conservative. His opponent is an Arlen Specter Republican.

Arlen Specter, of course, is the decades-long Republican who became a Democrat after winning reelection with the help of President George W. Bush and Karl Rove.

So let’s review: We’ve got a sitting Republican U.S. Senator calling a sitting Republican Governor of another state – a very bad name. Crist was a huge supporter of John McCain and played a key role in McCain winning the Florida primary in 2008 and thus the nomination. DeMint seems not to care.

DeMint’s letter also says:

“The outcome of this race in Florida is critical. It’s a battle for the heart and soul of the Republican Party and for America itself. It’s a choice between a candidate who will consistently stand up and fight for limited government and more freedom, and one who has been too quick to compromise for political gain.

On February 10, 2009, just one year ago, Governor Crist cleared his schedule to stand on a stage with President Obama in Ft. Meyers, Florida. Crist used the opportunity to embrace the President and campaign for the $787 billion stimulus bill.

A year later, we have a mountain of new debt and millions of lost jobs. This is not the kind of record voters should reward with a seat in the United States Senate.”

Of course this is exactly our view when it comes to “Republican” U.S. Senate candidate Mark Kirk. His votes for Cap and Trade, in defense of Partial Birth Abortion, against the Iraq troop surge, his silence during the Speaker Dennis Hastert spending spree – all disqualify him for promotion to the U.S. Senate. Click here to learn more about Kirk’s liberal record.

DeMint closes:

“Thank you for your consideration. With your help, I’m confident we can take back our country.


Jim DeMint
United States Senator
Chairman, Senate Conservatives Fund”

Take back our country from whom? Evidently Jim DeMint sees the election of the wrong kind of Republicans as much of a problem as the election of Democrats. I couldn’t agree more.

On Tuesday, Illinois Republicans need to support Pat Hughes for U.S. Senate.

And after the primary, stay tuned for our ongoing DeMint-like analysis of those who claim to be Republican leaders but in fact are actually Arlen Specters in disguise.