As Eric Kleefield's TPM article on Jim DeMint seems to suggest, South Carolina's other erratic Pol (the one without all those frequent flyer miles) would easily win the title of "Bat Shit Craziest" - except for the fact (IMO) that he has too much competition from all of the other Republican Senators.
You can't ignore the 5-man starting rotation of DeMint, InHofe, Coburn, Sessions, and (of course) Bunning - nor a bullpen with the likes of Ensign, Vitters, Cornyn, Graham, Thune and Chambliss.
Still, DeMint is among the aces.
Here are some of Kleefield's paraphrased bullet points:
• In January, DeMint came up with a scheme to stop the stimulus - "get people angry." A reason for their ire was deemed unnecessary.
• In February, DeMint claimed the stimulus allowed a person to "stand in the schoolhouse door, like the infamous George Wallace, to deny people of faith from entering any campus building renovated by this bill."
But here's why we should consider dressing the Senator in a tight white jacket, and booking a quiet room for him at the funny farm...
And Kleefield continues:
• In April, DeMint accused the President of turning the United States into an Orwellian Police State.
• By June, DeMint's personal 1984 had arrived: "Freedom is dissolving. We don't even teach what it is anymore," he lectured with the conviction of Montesquieu and the audience of Monty Hall.
• Earlier this month, DeMint declared that America is "about where Germany was before World War II where they became a social democracy. You still had votes but the votes were just power grabs like you see in Iran, and other places in South America, like Chavez is running down in Venezuela."
• Now, like a determined backwater hound, DeMint has sniffed out an insidious Obama plot to force FascistNaziCommieSocialist Healthcare on all of us, DeMint currently seems to believe his elusive prey has been driven up a one-way tree and he's very pleased - no - make that downright gleeful over what he perceives to be the President's impending "Waterloo."
Thank the omnipotent Lord of all true C Street Christians! the Anti-Christ Hussein Obama may have crossed his Rubicon when he tried to cross the savvy Senator from South Carolina. Or so the Senator hopes. DeMint is willing to burn down the forest to bring down his man. The way DeMint sees it, the instrument of the Lord will be a match made in Heaven.
Which (finally) brings me to my own recollection of that Sunday morning talk show interview that may or may not have happened. I only know it sounded like a typical Sunday morning interview to me.
It involved the following real imagined exchange between NBC New's David Gregory and the aforementioned Senator DeMint, (R-SC) on Meet the Press this past Sunday.
We join the alleged interview in progress, which is where I may (or may not) have tuned in:
Gregory: "Senator DeMint, let's just take your word for it and assume the President was born in North Korea as you say. Still, what proof do you have that Mr. Obama plans on turning America into another North Korea?"
DeMint: "Well, to begin with Mr. Gregory, even if you believe he was born in Hawaii, and let's face it, Hawaii's not exactly a State, you still have to look at the election results."
Gregory: "But Obama won the election, didn't he?"
DeMint: "That's THEIR story, David - MY sources tell me the Republicans actually won the 2008 Presidential election with 69,456,897 votes to just 59,934,814 for the Obamunists. But those minimum wage-hugging Acorn agitators pulled the old switcheroo on us so WE ended up with Obama's total and HE ended up with ours - It's that simple.
Gregory: "But Senat..."
DeMint: And no way that boy even got those 59 million votes, anyway. How could he? After all, he's a... you-know-what-from-you-know-where if you get my drift, Dave!
Gregory: "Hold on. Are you implying..."
DeMint: "You do the math, if he got just 40 Million votes, well that's more people than ever lived in all the Blue States combined going back to the beginning of time - some 6,000 years ago! And my sources also tell me at least 35 million of those votes came from the South Side of Chicago. Why isn't the Attorney General looking into THAT?"
Gregory: "I'm not sure where you get your numb..."
DeMint: " And another thing, Davy. Why does Obama fly all over the place in Air Force One like he's the President if he knows he's not the President?
Gregory: "But isn't that like saying when did you stop beating your wife, Senator?"
DeMint: "Now I don't claim to know what the man does behind closed doors, and I'm just hearing these spousal abuse accusations for the first time (audible off-cam 'oy' overheard)) but we all saw Obama take off on AIR FORCE ONE with his Baby Mama as those people say, just to Pal around with that Socialist Sarkozy. And then what did Obammy and his Mammy do? Why they ate dinner in Paris France. That's what they did.
Ya know DG, it just breaks my heart to see that boy buzzin' around in the same plane Abraham Lincoln flew in - it's just not right. No sir! It's just not right!" (Cough - Cough words garbled)
Gregory: "You Okay, Senator?"
DeMint: "No, and thanks for reminding me, D - If Barack Hussein Obama gets his way, he'll give all of our drugs away to the Latins and we'll be wearin' those Panchos and funny hats and pickin grapes for 50 cents a day. All you have to do is read Obama's Healthcare Reform Manifesto. That's what the Democrat-Socialists call it, you know. All 20,000 pages are lifted right out of Chairman Mao's Little Red Book - and I'm talkin' word for word Geraldo Rivera!"
Gregory: You mean Che Guevara?
DeMint: No. that Guevara guy works with Ailes. He's good people.
Gregory: Well, it's certainly been.... interesting and we could go on like this for hours, but for now, I'm afraid we're going to have to continue this discussion on another Sunday."
So let me quickly say thanks for joining us today, Senator James DeMint of South Carolina
DeMint: "My pleasure, as always, Greggo! and may the good
lord continue to watch over all natural born Americans.
(closing music up)
Gregory: "And for the record, I should mention to our viewers that we invited Kim Jung Il to appear on today's show to refute Senator DeMint's comments, but our calls were not returned.
Tune in next week for an exclusive, hour-long interview with my special guest from the State of Delaware, Congressman Castle stormer and Obama Birther expert, 'Crazy Eileen.' Until then, I'm David Gregory,
and remember -
if it's Sunday... it's Meet the Press."
(music up full)
Gregory: whispers off-cam to DeMint, 'We need to edit the crap out of this thing so we can frame your argument the way you wanted it framed - otherwise I'm afraid yo'll come off like a pea-picking putz."
DeMint: You Hebrews - I don't know what those funny little words ya'll say really mean but someday I'm gonna look 'em up.
(Fade out) -
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Fade to Black
Well, anyway, I thought I heard the above interview on Meet the Press.
And even If I didn't hear it last Sunday.
I"ll probably hear it next Sunday.
Because if it's Sunday...
It's no longer Meet the Press.