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(SeattlePI)   It turns out you may have a bigger influence on America's future by being a chair of a think tank than by being a U.S. Senator. Wow, who would have thunk?   (blog.seattlepi.com) divider line 30
    More: Followup, leadership PACs, Jim DeMint, megaphones, independent expenditures, Heritage Foundation, South Carolina  
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2012-12-07 09:00:24 AM  
He will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.
 
2012-12-07 09:16:37 AM  
As one prominent California conservative activist who knows DeMint was telling me, "It's not going to be, 'Here's our white paper on drones.' It's going to be more about 'Here's how you should vote.'"

Everyone and their mother already tries to tell people how to vote. How is that working out?
 
2012-12-07 09:32:09 AM  
Sure, if you spend your time as a Senator running your mouth and grandstanding instead of trying to pass legislation.
 
2012-12-07 09:35:46 AM  
Lobbyists have real power and members of Congress are just their paid henchmen?

WHEN DID THIS HAPPEN?!?!
 
2012-12-07 09:52:49 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-07 10:19:42 AM  
What the chair of a think tank (or a failed dotcom) may look like:

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-07 10:30:48 AM  
It's not like the guy will be able to do anything in the Senate for the foreseeable future (THANK GOD). By bigger influence he of course means more money. Besides, since the guy promised not to run again in 2016 it's not like he can funnel the lobbying money from his non-existent campaign to himself. (Well, he probably could.)
 
2012-12-07 10:32:55 AM  
heh. our local right wing nuts (Quinn and Rose, they're in syndication these days) were just gushing over how fantastic this was going to be. I guess a teabagger has to look for something, ANYTHING to be happy about these days.
 
2012-12-07 10:34:03 AM  
I hope he destroys the Heritage Foundation.

Heritage is pretty well respected organization. He'll fill it so full of whargarbl that it will lose all credibility.
 
2012-12-07 11:41:14 AM  
Another Republican bales on their government service commitment early to make more money in the private sector. Why should we be surprised?

www.biography.com
 
2012-12-07 11:50:44 AM  
who would have thunk?

Who would have thought or who woulda thunk. None of this halfway dillydallying.
 
2012-12-07 11:51:23 AM  
They do write the bills...
 
2012-12-07 11:54:09 AM  
Man, I dropped some "good ideas" on the "think tank" this morning - I tell ya!
It took a half can of air-freshener to clear away that epiphany!
 
2012-12-07 11:56:09 AM  
im in favor a law that says if you'v worked for the government you cant join a think tank/lobby, if you're a lobbyist you can never run for office. i think that would help
 
2012-12-07 11:57:14 AM  
Dammit, I hate that guy.
 
2012-12-07 12:01:41 PM  
For people who have never worked in DC here is what normally happens. Lobbyists don't go to Senators/Congressmen and say "if you vote for ____ I will give you a bunch of money for your reelection". What happens is The elected officials themselves call the lobbyist and say "hey I am on ____ committee. I can really mess up your industry or maybe help you out. How about you throw me a fund raiser and maybe we can work together".

You want to remove the influence of think tanks and lobbyists? Force your representatives to enact comprehensive fiance reform and get a constitutional amendment that says money does not equal free speech. Anything else won't work.
 
2012-12-07 12:13:22 PM  
I have heard better ideas come out of the drunk tank.
 
2012-12-07 12:15:34 PM  
While I'd love to see the good Senator in some kind of tank, "think" is a very strong word for what he does.
 
2012-12-07 12:18:48 PM  
It's nice to see that even though the Republicans prevented us from ratifying the UN treaty on the disabled that think tanks are still willing to hire them anyway.
 
2012-12-07 12:29:12 PM  

vernonFL: Heritage is pretty well respected organization.

 
2012-12-07 12:30:02 PM  
At what point do we get to stop calling Heritage a 'think tank'? These are the clowns that brought us the neocons & their entire philosophy of Fail.

Derrp Tank? Fail Tank?
 
2012-12-07 12:30:24 PM  
d'oh, lets try that again

vernonFL:
Heritage is pretty well respected organization.


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2012-12-07 12:39:54 PM  
Once the filibuster is made such that they have to actually filibuster, not just file a letter of intent, the GOP Senators wont have much influence at all... nor will they have any influence for the foreseeable future so long as theres is the party of making things so bad that people seeking the American dream self-deport, that gays get taxed unfairly and denied hospital visitation, that we focus on porn and music piracy instead of on month-long sentences for wall-streeters who steal millions. As long as they keep fighting for the payroll tax increase and against the millionaire estate tax, they're going to be irrelevant to sensible discourse. I look forward to when House Republicans face the same fate. Hate is not a form of leadership, and it's time for people like DeMint to feck off.
 
2012-12-07 01:07:33 PM  
Yes, you do have more power as head of a right-wing think tank, because you get to define the biased language the media uses to talk about public policy:
"Entitlements"
"Death Panels"
"Death Tax"
"Obama Care"
"Pro Life"
"Patriot Act"
"No Child Left Behind"
"Partial-birth Abortion"
etc.
 
2012-12-07 01:13:21 PM  

The RIchest Man in Babylon: d'oh, lets try that again

vernonFL:
Heritage is pretty well respected organization.

<notsureifserious.jpg>


Oh he's serious. Weather one should take him seriously is an exercise left for the reader.
 
2012-12-07 01:13:56 PM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: As one prominent California conservative activist who knows DeMint was telling me, "It's not going to be, 'Here's our white paper on drones.' It's going to be more about 'Here's how you should vote.'"

Everyone and their mother already tries to tell people how to vote. How is that working out?


I think he means telling legislators how to vote, which is fairly easy if you're the head of a multi-billion dollar think tank with corporate support behind it.
 
2012-12-07 01:15:51 PM  

actualhuman: The RIchest Man in Babylon: d'oh, lets try that again

vernonFL:
Heritage is pretty well respected organization.

<notsureifserious.jpg>

Oh he's serious. Weather one should take him seriously is an exercise exorcise left for the reader.


Sorry, pet peeve.
 
2012-12-07 01:34:44 PM  
NPR was reporting on this yesterday and suggesting this was going to help him build national name recognition for his run in 2016. But the guy quit his job. He is ditching his responsibilities for more money and more power. There is no way he should even be considered at this point.
 
2012-12-07 01:49:22 PM  

Nadie_AZ: NPR was reporting on this yesterday and suggesting this was going to help him build national name recognition for his run in 2016. But the guy quit his job. He is ditching his responsibilities for more money and more power. There is no way he should even be considered at this point.


That doesn't rule out a run to sell books, like most of the GOP candidates did this year.
 
2012-12-07 09:37:51 PM  
WANK TANK™
 
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