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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) -
cue :30 Second Blue Cross/ Blue Shield Sponsor spot
cue :30 Natural gas Foundation Sponsor spot
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.

Originally posted to wbramh on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 09:03 AM PDT.

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  •  Good one (3+ / 0-)
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    Floja Roja, PvtJarHead, barbara318

    Although, Gregory wouldn't have been objecting or even questioning.... :)

    •  I tried to elevate Gregory to sub mediocre (2+ / 0-)
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      Hedwig, Shahryar

      You're right -My depiction was too generous.

      •  Wally! Your sockpuppet is showing again! nt (2+ / 0-)
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        "War is a Racket" - MajGen Smedley D. Butler, USMC(ret)

        by PvtJarHead on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 09:19:06 AM PDT

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        •  My sock wife (0+ / 0-)

          She keeps grabbing my computer. I bought Barbara her own MacBook many months ago and she still uses mine to post.
          I don't pay close attention and then she gets credit for some of my best lines and says - "boy am I smart - did I write that?".
          Cute kid.

          •  I say this as a friend.... (0+ / 0-)
            Your explanation doesn't hold water.  It doesn't address how you "accidentally" replied in your own voice from her account in your own brand spanking new diary.  

            I like this diary.  It's hilarious.  You should have the confidence to let your work stand or fall on its own.

            "War is a Racket" - MajGen Smedley D. Butler, USMC(ret)

            by PvtJarHead on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 09:39:48 AM PDT

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            •  Here's what happens (1+ / 0-)
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              My wife almost always reads and proof reads my diaries from my computer because I usually hand it over for her when I finish writing and always after I have it safely published it.
              She often responds from my computer but from her own account (except when she occasionally but rarely forgets to change accounts, too).
              I don't always pay attention  - especially right after she proofs the online Diary. Unfortunately, our accounts have been crossed up  on numerous occasions and I have to pay closer attention but I didn't get much sleep last night and that's always the easiest time to make writing errors and account errors.

              If my explanation still doesn't seem logical to you, my wife is twenty feet away from me right now.  If you have Skype, I'll be happy to give you my account name and you can A. Verify there are two separate and living posters (usually from this computer) and B. Ask either one of us any questions and hopefully get the verification you need. If you're still doubtful - maybe you can trip us up with clever questioning!  
              I would never bother writing my own responses to me. Frankly, that's weird, and I'm not quite that strange.
              I had well over 400 responses on a Diary last Sunday with over 600 Recs - the highest rated diary for the time period.  
              (Barbara didn't even read that diary until the following day)  Do you think I would really bother fake responses (on many Diaries, she 'll respond with multiple comments to me and others - on other Diaries (on subjects she's less interested in, she'll write 1 or 2 comments and often just to me.  I had about 40 responses on a story I cared much more about a day or two later because it was personal. It's not life or death to me. I write these pieces for my own therapy - not to prove a point (Hence, the publishing of my Diary on Richard Burton earlier this week which was not really written for anybody other than family and friends - I just decided to share it publicly after reading an Op-Ed in the Times on the man and reflecting on my own encounter.
              Forget it - Barbara just took off for a dentist appointment.
              But she'll be back early this evening and the Skype offer still stands if that helps in any way.
              I really do understand your concern so I haven't (and will not) chastise you for questioning me.  But I would appreciate the benefit of the doubt.
              It's a simple error (and I'm ikely to make it again some time). certainly won't bring me riches and not paying attention to who's signed in doesn't add to the clarity of the dialogue - Therefore,  my response to you really shouldn't require more than the simple and accurate answer given. I would expect a bit more understanding in return before an inquisition is born from a innocent error.

              •  Sorry, Wally! (1+ / 0-)
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                It take it all back.  In hindsight I realize that a true sockpuppeteer would never suck at it as bad as you appear to.

                I'm sorry I made the assumption and jumped to the wrong conclusion.

                I beg your forgiveness.

                Your friend,

                "War is a Racket" - MajGen Smedley D. Butler, USMC(ret)

                by PvtJarHead on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 01:28:59 PM PDT

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                •  Thanks? - I guess. (0+ / 0-)

                  Sucking at sock puppetry as bad as I apparently do had I actually practiced it  is, I suppose, a compliment.  
                  I always sucked at basketball but it didn't stop me from playing.
                  In this case (SP), I neither understand the rules nor the purpose of the game.
                  Sort of like golf (sorry golf fanatics - but I just never got the bug..
                  I never understood why a golfer would try to crush a ball 300 yards only to have to retrieve it and hit it again, and again.
                  Sort of an outside version of 52 pickup.
                  Ulysses Grant was introduced to the game after his Presidency ended.
                  He was asked by a reporter how he liked the game.
                  Grants answer was, "Fine exercise, but what's the purpose of the little white ball?

                  At least a driving range or even miniature golf course makes some sense to me.

                  The advantage to sock puppetry seems even more elusive.
                  No Money, no sunshine, no exercise, no nothing - especially if a concept and/ or piece of writing doesn't move people on its own merits. Devoid of converts - or dents in attitudes - or societal epiphanies or entertainment value, what's the purpose of Sock puppetry's little white lie?
                  Is there something I'm missing o something I just don't understand?

  •  The Sunday talk shows in general are a waste (3+ / 0-)
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    of time.  I must be a masocist because I tune in each week thinking at some point I will hear something from a rational human being, but every week it is the same line up of Right-wing crazies, Right-wing conservatives, Right-wing Democrats, CFR one worlders and nothing left of there.  

    The total conversation rallies around the idea that THEY represent the full spectrum of American politics and anything left of there is just madness.

  •  Very funny (1+ / 0-)
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    Especially since the DeMint lines (and Gregory, too) fall somewhere right between reality and satire.
    Nice job.

  •  Sanford is the Gov, not a Senator. n/t (3+ / 0-)
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    •  Thanks for catching that. (1+ / 0-)
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      I obviously knew that Sanford is a governor - just  zoned out from lack of sleep. sloppy of me.
      I already had two SC Senators up there - Two was unconscionable -retaining a 3rd would have been unconstitutional.

  •  That SOB DeMint thinks... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...he'll be president one day.

    When an old man dies, a library burns down. --African proverb

    by Wom Bat on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 09:43:17 AM PDT

    •  I think most of these characters in the Senate, (1+ / 0-)
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      Democrats included, think they're Presidential timber.
      How else can men of such small vision and small mind rise to the position of U.S. Senator if it were not for their overactive egos and under-active super ego, the place where consciences would normally reside.

      Nowhere was that fact better illustrated than the Sotomayor hearings.
      What ignorant louts! Men like DeMint, Sessions and Inhofe take loutishness to a new level.

  •  Will someone at NBC put that show and (1+ / 0-)
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    Gregory out of their misery. PLEASE!!

    "Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come." Victor Hugo

    by lordcopper on Mon Jul 27, 2009 at 10:40:16 AM PDT

  •  Like the WaPo (0+ / 0-)

    NBC News seems to have taken up the pay-to-play game with Gregory offering to frame the right image for his guests.

    Pretty sleazy stuff - and both sad and ironic that we lost one of the true and few giants this month.

    Frank Rich's column this week was the only true and eloquent tribute to Cronkite - worthwhile reading.

    A World removed from these poor pretenders.

  •  demint $1.3 Mil fr MEDICAL INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX... (1+ / 0-)
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    Follow the Money... Link

    Call Congress and demand, Single-Payer Health Care for All Now!

    Sign the Single-Payer Petition: Link


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