This is a prime example of why I think Jennifer Rubin is such a tool:
DeMint has been a destructive force, threatening to primary colleagues, resisting all deals and offering very little in the way of attainable legislation. He has contributed more than any current senator to the dysfunction of that body.
Really. More than Harry Reid?
Put aside the double standard where Republicans are supposed to make the place “function” while Democrats like Reid get a pass no matter what they do. But look at the ways that DeMint is “destructive:”
- threatening to primary colleagues — didn’t he realize that the Senate is a lifetime appointment, until you get defeated by the other party and retire to K street?
- resisting all deals — if the Senate wasn’t populated by kneejerk squishes like John McCain and Lindsey Graham (to say nothing of pathetic “dynasty” cases like my own Senator Lisa Murkowski) that would be a problem. As it is, someone has to provide as least a little resistance.
- offering very little in the way of attainable legislation — a doubly-qualified statement: “very little” filtered through an establishment viewpoint of what is “attainable.” This last item was only included to flesh out the complaint. They were so weak they needed help, but this isn’t it.