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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-06-12 11:12 PM
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Was this the final straw for McConnell and the Republican Senate leadership
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Edited on Thu Dec-06-12 11:20 PM by rpannier
Two years ago I wrote an article for a Korean newspaper detailing who I thought were the five biggest losers in the 2010 election. One of them that was on my list was Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina (#3). I included him because I felt his interference had cost the Republicans victories in Nevada, Delaware, and though Murkowski won in Alaska, had seriously pissed her off and apparently had agitated both Snowe and Collins of Maine.

This cycle he was out actively supporting more uber right wingers in Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota and Nebraska. The end result, they lost at least two states they should have won and his candidate in Missouri not only shot himself in the foot, but most likely hurt other Republicans running around the country.

He has hinted that he would support a right winger running against his co-Senator from South Carolina, Lindsay Graham

He had already said he was not running for re-election in 2016, so there was no issue there.

So my questions is, "Is he leaving because he wants the job or have the Republican senators finally just tired of him and his antics?" Has he wounded himself so badly in the eyes of his fellow Republican senators that he can see the handwriting on the wall? That in his final years he will have little-to-no influence outside of a circle of about five senators.
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