The GOP Establishment is finding themselves in more trouble with us "heartland rubes," than they could ever have imagined. And they don't like it. The American people are awakening to the 2-party charade of Democrats and Republicans who govern according to their own consensus, rather than that of "we the people."
The Beltway pundits are aghast that these Tea Party "populists" are taking away their carefully constructed narratives and limited "respectable" debate. The GOP Establishment wants to pretend they support the "populist" movement, but still prefer decisions be left in the hands of the more "dignified" elites, like Rove, Cheney, and Mitch McConnell and others who helped get our country into its current mess.
The Establishment is getting desperate too, resorting to lies about Rand Paul's abortion platform as an example. But they were caught! The Establishment has (purposely) forgotten that our representative republic was designed to represent the will of the people, not the will of some arbitrary technocratic elite.
Luckily, there are still a handful of good guys in the Republican Party, such as Senator Jim DeMint!
DeMint has been actively backing a number of conservative, anti-Establishment candidates and causes. For example, not only did he endorse Rep. Ron Paul's bill to audit the Federal Reserve last year, but he personally introduced a Senate version of the same bill!
Now, he's endorsed Rand Paul for the Kentucky Senate seat, joining a list of names which include Jim Bunning, Steve Forbes, and Sarah Palin, against Establishment favorite Trey Grayson (who's endorsements include Cheney, Giuliani, and McConnell).
Here's the Southern Avenger with more analysis ...
Rand Paul, Jim DeMint and the GOP
Few were surprised this week when Jim DeMint endorsed Rand Paul in his bid for US Senate in Kentucky. That the man many consider the most conservative member of the Senate endorsed the son of the man many consider the most conservative member of Congress is indicative of DeMint’s genuine commitment to what most consider traditional Republican principles. Likewise, that GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell so vehemently opposes Paul and has so enthusiastically endorsed his opponent is indicative of his commitment to the Republican status quo-at the expense of genuine conservatism.
Rand Paul has gone from relative obscurity to a serious contender for the US Senate because he has articulated a sound, common sense conservative message at an uncommon time. There is a genuine, rising fear about runaway spending and debt today, and whereas Republicans in the past have been able to convince voters they loved guns or loathed gays enough for constituents to ignore their big government records, the current Tea Party-influenced political environment seems to be, finally, a rejection of that never-ending cycle. The Tea Party folks in Kentucky and those who sympathize with them, see supporting Paul as a chance to tell Washington they’re not going to take it anymore. The problem is the Republican establishment wants these voters to keep taking it.
DeMint, to his conservative credit, has been taking action. Writes Marc Theissen of the Washington Post: “(DeMint) is interested in helping underdog conservatives get a chance in the primaries against the hand-picked candidates of the establishment.” As a calculated and practical matter, DeMint reserved his endorsement until McConnell gave his endorsement to Paul’s opponent, Trey Grayson. The American Conservative correctly identified the divide: “It’s a fight between the party elite and the populist grassroots, and it has deep significance.”
Read the whole thing here: DeMint Declares for Paul