- The Washington Times - Monday, May 18, 2009

DeMint’s double life

You might say Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, works for the weekend.

Meaning, the support he gets outside of Washington after work hours for his strong conservative positions on fiscal matters helps give him the wherewithal to challenge his colleagues in the Senate.

“It’s like I live in two worlds,” he said in a conversation with The Washington Times about an upcoming book project. “One of them I’m in Washington, where I’m an outcast, and yet everywhere I go in this country and speak about fighting debt and spending, I get standing ovations and cheers. I’m miserable during the week and on the weekends everyone tells me they have my back.”

Mr. DeMint’s forthcoming book, to be published this summer, will discuss his concerns with the growing role of government across various sectors, such as education, energy and banking from his perspective as a conservative lawmaker. Most of the chapters will focus on issues of economic freedom.



He said the April 15 taxpayer “tea parties” were “one of the most encouraging things I’ve seen. It made me feel like I was sane after all. I realized how entrenched the status quo has become in Washington, but people back home realize someone will carry the banner if they stand up and speak out.”

NRSC pushback

A backlash is growing among grass-roots conservatives against the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s endorsement of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist over former state House Speaker Marco Rubio in the Republican primary for retiring Sen. Mel Martinez’s seat.

Red State founder Erick Erickson pledged he wouldn’t donate “one red cent” to the NRSC, and others like him are following suit. A Facebook group created to promote the “not one red cent” campaign states: “First they supported [Lincoln] Chafee. Then they supported [Arlen] Specter. Now they support Crist. I pledge to give no money, no support, no aid, and no help at all to the efforts of the NRSC.”

The group has 819 members.

A separate blog has also been started by grass-roots conservatives, www.boycottnrsc.blogspot.com, which promotes Mr. Rubio’s candidacy and highlights the different ways its writers think the NRSC has betrayed conservative principles.

Tight-lipped

Norma McCorvey, better known as the plaintiff “Jane Roe” in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion a constitutional right, was among those protesting President Obama’s commencement address at Notre Dame on Sunday.

Today she’s a born-again Christian and pro-life activist opposed to the president’s pro-choice position on abortion. Ms. McCorvey told Fox News that she traveled to South Bend, Ind., in the hope that “we can convince Mr. Obama he should be standing on that right side, and that’s the side for life. I’m pro-life now, I’m not afraid.”

She wouldn’t say much more than that though. Ms. McCorvey was asked what she would tell the president if she could speak with him. “I can’t talk like that anymore,” she said. “I’m a Christian.”

In the 2008 presidential election, Ms. McCorvey supported Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican.

Dogging Carrie

White House senior adviser David Axelrod couldn’t resist making a dig at Carrie Prejean, the Miss California USA contestant whose remarks on gay marriage have made her an icon of derision to many liberals, during an appearance on National Public Radio’s “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” at George Washington University.

Host Peter Segal asked Mr. Axelrod whether he was consulted in the labored decision-making process to chose a “first pet” - one that ultimately led to the selection of a Portuguese water dog named Bo. Mr. Axelrod joked he was only called in when the field was narrowed down to three choices.

“Who were the other two?” Mr. Segal asked. “Were there really two others?”

“One was Miss California,” Mr. Axelrod quipped. The audience laughed uproariously.

“You just lost the carelessly topless demographic for 2010!” the NPR host said, feigning shock.

Amanda Carpenter can be reached at [email protected]

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