publicist lapdog Jennifer Rubin is saying good riddance to Sen. Jim DeMint, who resigned to lead the Heritage Foundation, and says Heritage is making a big mistake by embracing such an extreme figure. She says it will undermine the think tank’s credibility:
Let me first explain why this is very bad indeed for Heritage. Even DeMint would not claim to be a serious scholar. He is a pol. He’s a pol whose entire style of conservatism – all or nothing, no compromise, no accounting for changes in public habits and opinions — is not true to the tradition of Edmund Burke, Russell Kirk and others. By embracing him, Heritage, to a greater extent than ever before, becomes a political instrument in service of extremism, not a well-respected think tank and source of scholarship. Every individual who works there should take pause and consider whether the reputation of that institution is elevated or diminished by this move…
Now for the U.S. Senate, I am sure many senators on both sides are clicking their heels. 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. He has worsened relations between the House and Senate, as he did in the budget fights in recent years, by meddling and pressuring his home state representative. His departure leaves other senators who seemed impressed with his brand of politics free to find their way to a more constructive position in the body.
“Romney’s mouthpiece claims to be a conservative and writes ‘good riddance, Mr. DeMint,’” Erick Erickson, the founder of the conservative blog Red State, tweeted. “In the history of ignorant takes on conservative, @JRubinBlogger may have just written the most ignorant thing ever.”
A more vitriolic message comes from conservative radio host Mark Levin: “Go to hell, Jennifer Rubin,” he wrote.
A perfect example of tribalism. DeMint is a conservative; therefore anyone who criticizes him only claims to be a conservative. Compromise and moderation are the enemies, purity is all that matters. Never mind that DeMint didn’t pass a single piece of legislation in his 8 years in the Senate, that he caused major problems in the Republican caucuses in both houses of Congress, and that his views are so extreme that he thinks gay and pregnant teachers should be fired. Circle the wagons! Eject anyone who criticizes a fellow conservative!
Actually, I like this very much. Please continue fighting among yourselves.