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It looks like Sen. Jim DeMint, notable conservative crackpot, is (unofficially, mind you) a Romney man:

After a meeting with Romney, DeMint told reporters that although he is not endorsing a candidate in the race, he is more than satisfied with the idea of Romney becoming the GOP nominee.    

“I can tell conservatives from my perspective is that, I’m not only comfortable with Romney, I’m excited about the possibility of him possibly being our nominee,” DeMint said. “Again, this is not a formal endorsement and I do not intend to do that right now, but I just think we just need to look at where we are.”

(That may be the first time anyone has used "Romney" and "excited" in the same sentence, so cherish that.)

I suppose it's not very surprising that support for Mitt Romney's candidacy comes from people who also cannot seem to make up their mind as to what they believe about things. Sen. DeMint is about as conservative as Republicans get (by this we mean he blocks lots of otherwise uncontroversial things in the senate for absolutely no discernible reason other than general assholishness, and ... well, that's pretty much it, I guess), but he is still willing to put his lonely tea partyin' self behind the Romneybot. Interestingly, this has required Jim DeMint to contort himself rather substantially, since keeping up with what Mitt Romney supports is at least as hard as coming up with what "true conservatism" supports on any given day.

Case in point: Health care. Or ObamaCare, or RomneyCare or whatever the hep young cats are calling it these days. There was a time not all that long ago when the ultraconservative Jim DeMint thought Romney's health care success was the bee's knees, and should be taken nationwide:

But that was waaaaaaay back in 2007, before a Democrat thought so too and all hell broke loose. Once that happened, Romney-style health care reform became a tool of Satan, communism, and a bunch of other things that DeMint can't think of right now but will get back to you on. Oh, that's right—an "unjust law."
I still admire him for taking on the task, but I think it's important to recognize that that's not where we want our healthcare to go. States can compete with different plans, but we shouldn't have anything like what they did in Massachusetts at the federal level.
That was a year ago, after he had sufficient time to reflect on how if Democrats did something, that must automatically make it unacceptable tyranny.

I don't know that Mitt Romney is going to benefit much from having Jim DeMint in his corner, but I do think it's funny to watch how even the most dyed-in-the-wool ultraconservatives have to explain away flip-flops in their basic beliefs according to what they're supposed to be selling during any given year. Romney isn't exactly alone on that front.

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  •  He's probably sexually aroused by the (3+ / 0-)

    ... $150,000 tax cut he'll get. Just think of all of the hookers he'll be able to buy with that extra cash. That's Republican job creation at its finest.

  •  if this isnt the most exciting piece of possible (5+ / 0-)

    excitement I dont  know what is!

    I’m excited about the possibility of him possibly being our nominee,
    odd he isnt excited about the possibility of him possibly being the president. or maybe that possibility isnt nearly as possibly exciting!
  •  I am yet to come across a sane Republican (2+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, msmacgyver

    in public space. I know a few in my circle who now will be voting for Obama because they are so disenchanted by the current avatar of the party of Lincoln. But if you are in the public space, you need to pretend to be a crackpot and a looney. That is the legacy of the Limbaughs, Becks, Hannitys, O'Reillys, Coulters, and Palins!

    The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past - Milan Kundera

    by Suvro on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:07:28 PM PDT

  •  DeMint just jumped on the Tea-bandwagon as the (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, bythesea, wishingwell

    opportunist he is.  He does not care about flip-flopping as in order to do that one has to have some principles.  So your point is correct, they are birds of a (unprincipled) feather.

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:07:59 PM PDT

  •  Um, this is not a good thing (1+ / 0-)
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    wu ming
    There was a time not all that long ago when the ultraconservative Jim DeMint thought Romney's health care success was the bee's knees, and should be taken nationwide:
    That's because it's an ultraconservative health care plan that liberals only decided to support when the Democrats advanced it as their own. You may think it's a good thing that the Democrats passed a right-wing, Republican health care bill, but I certainly don't.
  •  Watta Moran (0+ / 0-)

    That non-endorsement endorsement is the typical nonsense I expect from that idiot DeMint.

    "Ronald Reagan is DEAD! His policies live on but we're doing something about THAT!"

    by leftykook on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:10:57 PM PDT

  •  What's beginning to happen (2+ / 0-)
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    nota bene, claytonben

    Romney is looking like he's the GOP nominee.  Little-by-little, we're going to see the GOP moving toward supporting him and eventually being adamant about his nomination and, of course, his presidency.

    Remember this...the republicans are all in disarray right now, but at the end of the day, they're going to be dedicated to "their candidate", which...IMO...is going to be Romney.  

    And, they're going to be formulating every kind of effort imaginable to get him elected.  I mean, throwing Obama out of office is their primary objective...no matter how dispable their nominee is.  I'm SURE Obama can beat whichever GOP candidate they put forward, but don't count out Romney.  He's got money...he's a wonderful debater.....he's got a pretty good delegate count now and a great organization and the polls only show Romney as a primary candidate...not THE candidate...so whatever poll we get isn't really all that relevent.  Let's see what Romney polls after he's "their guy".  This will change everything.  

    Cautiously optomistic in the Midwest.

    - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

    by r2did2 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:19:55 PM PDT

  •  "Socialism" vs "Free Market Capitalism" (0+ / 0-)
    I still admire him for taking on the task, but I think it's important to recognize that that's not where we want our healthcare to go. States can compete with different plans, but we shouldn't have anything like what they did in Massachusetts at the federal level.
    We know the ACA or Romneycare are nowhere near socialism but what is Demint afraid of, competition?  Surely supposed Free Market Capitalism would just knock the sox off that nasty old socialism. Wouldn't it?

    Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

    by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:19:58 PM PDT

    •  Socialism? (1+ / 0-)
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      TerryDarc

      I just wonder how many folks here on DKos would actually favor socialism as our system of government.  It would be interesting to see a survey on this.

      - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

      by r2did2 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:24:21 PM PDT

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      •  Gallup Poll On Socialism - 61% Libs Have Positive (2+ / 0-)
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        Patriot4peace, wishingwell

        image whereas the moran crowd 79% have a negative view. 17% morans have a positive view but obviously didn't understand the question.

        All American were 36:58 negative...  we have a way to go. Sadly Gallup didn't ask by age group.

        Gallup Poll On Socialism

        Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

        by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:41:59 PM PDT

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        •  Give me Socialism (1+ / 0-)
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          TerryDarc

          any day over Fascism, Theology, and the Bush Monarchy of today's GOP.

          I think, Therefore I am, ...A Democrat

          by Patriot4peace on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:54:30 PM PDT

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          •  And The Funny Thing Is... (2+ / 0-)
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            Meteor Blades, prettygirlxoxoxo

            ...the only healthcare system in the US that is "socialistic" is the Veterans Administration - i.e. the govt. owns the doctors, hospitals, et al. Medicare is single payer.

            Socialism is just a nasty word to throw at libs or anything the cons don't like. cf. Hatemail Palooza and everyone's favorite hatemail phrase: "Dear Socialist Fuckstick". That probably WAS Frank Luntz.

            Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

            by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:25:28 PM PDT

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      •  european-style social democracy (2+ / 0-)
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        TerryDarc, Meteor Blades

        would poll pretty high, i'd imagine. generally, socialism is a form of economic organization, not as much political. single-partty socialist states would not be popular, democratic states with socialized economies would be more so, mixed economies where some sectors are socialized and some are left to regulated market mechanisms, probably the most popular.

        •  Agreed! Especially If Europe Were Doing Well... (0+ / 0-)

          ...having lived in Sweden and visited Europe various times, I'd say it's doing remarkably well. Not sure about John and Martha on a farm in Ioway, though.

          Time is an enormous, long river, and I’m standing in it, just as you’re standing in it. My elders are the tributaries, and everything they thought and every struggle they went through & everything they gave their lives to flows down to me-Utah Phillips

          by TerryDarc on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:22:09 PM PDT

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          •  I lived in Germany for 3+ years (0+ / 0-)

            It isn't "socialism"...but close.  Visiting there doesn't show what it's like, and the same goes for Sweden or anywhere else in Europe.  Live there.  Then you'll know it's not something America/Americans want.

            - If you don't like gay marriage, blame straight people. They're the ones who keep having gay babies.

            by r2did2 on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 04:27:31 PM PDT

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            •  who the hell are you to tell us (0+ / 0-)

              that we're not "americans"? or that we don't know what we're talking about, because we disagree? i'll admit, i'd rather live in america where my home and friends and family are, but i've lived abroad and in no way did i find social democracies to be inferior in a quality of life dimension to the capitalist kleptocratic mess that we have in the states.

              you have your opinions, that's fine, but you don't speak for all americans any more than anyone else.

    •  The ACA directs states to set up (1+ / 0-)
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      TerryDarc

      their own state exchanges, therefore setting up competition within each state.  DeMint doesn't even know that what he's objecting to includes what he supports.  The man is not stupid, so he must be a simple, double-talking charlatan.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:43:27 PM PDT

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  •  You have to give them some credit... (0+ / 0-)

    One, conservatives truly have faith in their own beliefs... completely independent of any and all evidence that repeatedly shows they are wrong.  Pretty much about everything.

    In fact, their "belief" is in whatever outcome suits them... while most recognize that "post hoc, ergo proctor hoc" is a logical fallacy, conservatives see it as a philosophy.

    You also need to give conservatives credit for acknowledging that they are not the brightest bulbs in the socket.  That's why they're so anti science and education... they are "rule-based" not "model-based.

    Take pity -- imagine how scary the world must be since they really do not understand it.

    "Never try to out-stubborn a cat or out-stupid a conservative"

    by learn on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:20:45 PM PDT

  •  Romney Team probably sending out fake balloons (2+ / 0-)
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    nota bene, msmacgyver

    to many on the hard right with fake promises of positions and vp slots to get endorsements.

    Expect to hear more of the same; Everybody knows that to win the general election romney would need a southerner type vp.

    Let the Fools come forth.

    Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:20:58 PM PDT

    •  there's a thought (2+ / 0-)
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      wishingwell, ROGNM

      Now that you mention it, Romney probably does need a Southerner to bolster his credibility among his base (a bit like McCain, but with different geographical issues). I'm not sure if DeMint would accept if offered the Veep slot, but man, Romney-DeMint might be a real possibility. Sure would get the base fired up, perhaps to a greater extent than Palin in 08 did. DeMint can't be blown off as an obvious lightweight.

      Other possibilies of course would be Rubio, Jindal, or Henry Barbour.

      exception: analogy subprocess error #09: analogy too deeply nested, analogy will be aborted so please vote for me, because these larger than average pancakes are quite impressive.

      by nota bene on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:32:18 PM PDT

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  •  this is the signal, I think.... (1+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell

    the Republican powers that be have had enough democracy kabuki, and they've decided it's time for the faithful to fall in line. The inevitable wagon-circling is going to get started in earnest now. First Jeb Bush's endorsement last week after IL, and now DeMint.

    It's interesting, though, that DeMint left himself some wiggle room by saying this wasn't an actual endorsement, even though it's plainly an endorsement. Perhaps because SC voted for Gingrich and he fears a teabagger backlash?

    exception: analogy subprocess error #09: analogy too deeply nested, analogy will be aborted so please vote for me, because these larger than average pancakes are quite impressive.

    by nota bene on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:28:15 PM PDT

  •  Do the Limbo.....How low can you go? (0+ / 0-)
  •  I'm SO excited by Mitt Romney (4+ / 0-)

    that I might possibly at some later time, but not now, possibly formally endorse him.

    Now THAT was enthusiastic.

    explain how letting gays marry will directly affect your own heterosexual relationship?

    by bluestatesam on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:34:38 PM PDT

  •  If Mitt Romney wins the White House (3+ / 0-)

    he is going to be much, much worse than George W. Bush.

    He's going to be in a constant never-ending state of re and re-proving himself to the far Right of the Republican Party from the first day of his Presidency to his last.

    He can't afford to say 'no' on anything. He's going to make the old cliche about 'you are only as good as your last game/meal/deal/win' look like you have a lot of breathing room to be an athelete, chef, business shark, coach in a cut-throat environment.

    Worse, he's going to be willing to do anything and everything to keep those people at his back and his throat happy.

    If Bush were the first RW thinktanker's Presidency, then his would be America's first Talk Radio Presidency.

    "How much does this piss off liberals" would be as important a criteria as "Is this something that Rush would like?"

    A Mitt Romney Supreme Court appointee is going to make Alito look like a liberal, because of who it pisses off as much as who likes it.

    President Mitt Romney might has well have "Patsy, and Lovin' It, sirs!" tattooed on his forehead.

    I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

    by LeftHandedMan on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:34:58 PM PDT

    •  I think Romney is going to lose (1+ / 0-)
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      wishingwell

      and I have reason to believe that Barack Obama's campaign is going to be ruthless, there is nothing about this man or his campaign that tells me that he can't be beaten, and nothing about Obama's people that tells me that they are going to self-hobble themselves because of concern trolling or civility meta from the Village, or voters who aren't going to vote for them anyway.

      But one thing to keep in the back of all our minds is that, should this motherfucker find a way to win, he's going to be our worst nightmare and then double that.

      He's sending all the signals he's game for four or eight years of WHACK "Yes, sir, may I have another?" with the far Right.

      Pricks Like DeMint wouldn't be talking like this if they weren't sure that they had a good stooge in Romney. The ass-kissing sessions and promises made behind closed doors probably have been as legendary as they have been humiliating.

      I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party

      by LeftHandedMan on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:41:45 PM PDT

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  •  Demint's endorsement just a youthful indiscretion (1+ / 0-)
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    msmacgyver

    He was only experimenting with socialism in the folly of his youth back in 2007, just like Willard. He's been health-care free and clean for five years now.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:43:28 PM PDT

  •  flipping the Etch-A-Sketch candidate (2+ / 0-)
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    wishingwell, msmacgyver

    slutty voter for a "dangerous president"; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; Warning-Some Snark Above"Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Sciant terra viam monstrare."

    by annieli on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 02:46:25 PM PDT

  •  sounds like someone's angling for a veep slot (0+ / 0-)

    demint could claim that he could help romney with his can't-win-in-the-south problem, and would put someone familiar with the senate and DC in general on the ticket.

  •  DeMented was Romney's '08 campaign co-chair (0+ / 0-)

    http://www.usatoday.com/...

    This dickhead sure can pick 'em.

  •  DeMint's boomerang Flip Flops (1+ / 0-)
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    Patriot4peace

    DeMint's Republican Power Play Snags Boeing

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...  

    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on Tuesday led a conservative Senate bloc opposing a government loan program on the grounds that it functioned as a corporate welfare agency. Just weeks earlier, he donated $500,000 to a hardline conservative group that opposes the program as a central part of its legislative strategy. But behind this seemingly natural ideological alliance, there are powerful political forces in play -- corporate patronage, aggressive partisanship and a strategic struggle for the soul of the Republican Party.

    Caught in DeMint's crosshairs: Boeing, a company that DeMint has spent much of the last few months defending in its public feud with the National Labor Relations Board. The agency tried to block the company from moving from Washington to South Carolina, arguing that the airline and weapons manufacturer was doing so in order to punish its unionized workers. DeMint repeatedly cited the value that Boeing will bring to South Carolina.

    When someone is impatient and says, "I haven't got all day," I always wonder, How can that be? How can you not have all day? George Carlin

    by msmacgyver on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:11:31 PM PDT

  •  I would like to (0+ / 0-)

    enthusiastically endorse whoever is most likely to win the nomination, and as soon as I know who that is, I will be giving that nominee my full and enthusiastic endorsement.

    In other words:

    Romney, or Not-Romney; it's all the same to me.

    I think, Therefore I am, ...A Democrat

    by Patriot4peace on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:13:25 PM PDT

  •  brooklynbadboy (0+ / 0-)

    He just posted where he thinks DeMint's highly likely as Veep.  If the subject's been broached with him, that might explain the enthusiasm, dontcha think?

    Grab all the joy you can. (exmearden 8/10/09)

    by Land of Enchantment on Sat Mar 24, 2012 at 03:42:43 PM PDT

  •  I wonder how much this endorsement cost (0+ / 0-)

    I think Michelle Bachmann may be getting ready to endorse. Her presidential campaign owes, you guessed it...

    A million dollars.

  •  DeMint's also a Chickenhawk! (0+ / 0-)

    Let's not forget DeMint is also a Class A-1, card-carrying Chickenhawk!
    http://www.dailykos.com/...

  •  at this point...what choice does he have... (0+ / 0-)

    ...Obama haters, like DeMint, have very little choice than to sidle up to Romney since he is likely to be the Republican Party's alternative to President Obama...and...when it comes to hating Obama, so-called "principled" politicians like DeMint, and so many other Republicans, have very few alternatives at this point.

  •  establishment (0+ / 0-)

    slowly winning against teabaggers.

    romney will become the nominee.  even wackjob conservatives KNOW that santorum will be crushed and that people will be scared.

    the politicians really do not believe in the batshit craziness. they use to advance the 1%.

    grover norquist KNOWS that ronald reagan raised taxes and that resulted in a good economy.

  •  it is possible for an entire state to lose its (0+ / 0-)

    collective mind? SC started the civil war, their planter aristocracy having gone batshit crazy, with the election of one A. Lincoln. that they never had even the proverbial snowball's chance in hell of winning didn't stop them, they were bent on self-destruction.

    150 years later, and SC seems to not have ever recovered its sanity, electing inane republicans, bound and determined to move the state back in time, and to hell with the bulk of the citizens who would like jobs and education. of course, at least 51% of SC's voters put these clowns in office, so it must be mass insanity. maybe spraying the state with prozac would help?

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