Going for the Gold

“….It will be his Waterloo; it will break him.”

–Soon-to-be former Senator (!) Jim DeMint astutely predicting President Obama’s imminent political demise.

Probably one of the best things about being Republican is that they have a safety net that really is a hammock, that is if your idea of a hammock is a reversible sable/chinchilla number with 24k gold ropes strung between two coconut palms in the Caymans.  After dumping several containerloads of Koch cash on an electoral humiliation, ol’ Dick Armey is now “entitled” to $400 grand a year for twenty years, just for strolling out the door.

The revolving door in politics is certainly a bipartisan affair, but only for Republicans does failure improve, rather than diminish, future prospects.  One need look no further than Sheldon Adelson, who is now vowing to waste even more than the $150 million he just flushed away, next time, to see that the biggest, dumbest money is all one one side.  In 21st century, there is a stark choice to be made in politics, and grifters great and small have all made it; on one side there are high stakes and few rewards, and on the other, the streets are paved with gold, no matter how many banana peels lay atop them.

Take the aforementioned cracker nutcase Jim DeMint, please.  Say you were a dunderheaded bigot from America’s buttcrack, South Carolina, whom, though slightly less inbred-looking than your neighbors, was still the sort for whom a career at the local bait shop seemed an impossible dream.  Which party would you join?    The one that sought basic dignity for all Americans and rewarded the smartest and hardest-working, or the one that showered ignorant blowhards incapable of an honest day’s work with millions for failing at their most loudly stated goals?  Even for a no-brainer, that one’s a no-brainer.

And, lest we focus merely on DeMint’s most recent, well, boners, like losing Senate seats for Republicans two elections in a row, let’s look at his financial situation.  Although it is something of a scandal that only the wealthy ever ascend to the Senate, it is also a well-known fact that in order to leave the Senate a pauper, especially if one is the right-thinking type, even by appropriately lenient Palmetto State standards that looks a little dumb.  Really?  A net worth of $50 grand?  What, exactly, did you do with all that boodle from Big Oil, Wall Street, and your other benefactors of great wealth all these years?  Throw it out the window?  For DeMint’s sake, I hope he at least spent it on floozies.

Despite the recent (and probably short-lived) scuttling of other right-wing serial losers like Dick Morris and Karl Rove, they are the increasingly rare exceptions, while the faceplant-ridden career of the loathsome Jim DeMint is the rule.  The right may talk a good game about the horrors of “punishing the successful” while rewarding society’s worthless layabouts, but as usual, actions speak louder than words.





  1. nswfm says:

    Well stated as usual.

  2. cocktailhag says:

    Dang, but life would be easier if I had a gig like that.

  3. michlib says:

    Dangit, Hag – two posts with 70′s – 80′s bands in succesion ? I think I’ve got a pair of bellbottoms lurking in a storage bin – waiting for their return to style !! Unfortunately, my waistline has probably left that era long ago.
    Sad case, that there DeMent..err, DeMinted fellow. Vowed to ” break ” Obama. Looks like serving in the senate broke him. On what planet do these folks operate ? I always thought senate service accrued with it certain lifestyle enhancements not available to the hoi polloi. Thr Heritage Foundation is ” lucky ” to have him. With his business acumen, by 2014 they can qualify as a non-profit !!! Regards

  4. avelna says:

    Too bad Nikki Haley won’t assign the seat to Stephen Colbert…

    On second thought, she just might be dumb enough to believe that he would follow her dictates (as well as DeMint’s) if she did award him the honor of filling ol’ Jimmy’s shoes.

  5. dirigo says:

    Good news! Silvio’s gonna run again. The clown car is never empty.

  6. RUKidding says:

    If DeMint’s net worth is *truly* only around $50grand, then it definitely begs the question: where’d he HIDE the rest of the moolah?? In which bank account? Swiss? Caymans? Other? I don’t believe it, plus DeMint lived virtually for free in the execrable C Street “Family/Fellowship” House for years. Something doesn’t add up, but what else is new with lying ganster ReThugs, esp those like DeMint.

    The bigger question is: was DeMint “encouraged” to leave the Senate due to his poor performance? And then, like so many crappy useless CEOs these days, “rewarded” with a multi-million dollar job alledgedly “running” the wingnut Heritage Foundation?

    Inquiring minds would love to know, and it’s irresponsible not to speculate.

    I think DeMint got the boot from the big-wigs because he didn’t “deliver” in the Senate, but like a “good doggie,” he’s rewarded via the revolving door principle. DeMint most likely won’t “run” the Heritage Foundation. Just like the gov’t, the Heritgate Foundation is actually “run” by more competent, but even more shady, types behind the “curtain.” DeMint’ll get boodles of ca$h & get to swan around & pretend like he’s still “important” by making speechifying things ‘n stuff.

    Nice “work” to get on the wingnut welfare gravy train, though.

    • cocktailhag says:

      Who knew there so so many fake jobs out there that pay so well?

      • RUKidding says:

        That’s why taxes on the 1% have to remain so low: so that they can buy/pay off their skeevy little “managers” big buck$ to appear to be doing the dirty work for ‘em.

        I often think that if the 1% just stopped paying for all the wingnuts on the wingnut welfare gravy train – like Sarah Palin, for ex – they’d save themselves a lot of money. Then the minimal tax increase “inflicted” on the 1% wouldn’t be such a big deal.

        Or else lower the “salaries” paid to skeevy shits like Palin & DeMint. It’s astounding how much they get paid just to spew out spurious propoganda. Aren’t Rush & Glenn doing a good enough job already??

        • cocktailhag says:

          That’s the thing about rich people… even if they throw money in the street, that serves a higher purpose than letting some grabby teacher or fireman get their paws on it.
          Clearly, what they spend on politics and flim-flam would more than pay for any higher taxes on them, but it’s the principle of the thing, you know. Once you have more money than you know what to do with, you while away your time worrying that other people have any money at all.