Jim DeMint does NOT mince words in his post-election piece for the Wall Street Journal:
Congratulations to all the tea party-backed candidates who overcame a determined, partisan opposition to win their elections. The next campaign begins today. Because you must now overcome determined party insiders if this nation is going to be spared from fiscal disaster.
Many of the people who will be welcoming the new class of Senate conservatives to Washington never wanted you here in the first place. The establishment is much more likely to try to buy off your votes than to buy into your limited-government philosophy. Consider what former GOP senator-turned-lobbyist Trent Lott told the Washington Post earlier this year: “As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”
Don’t let them. Co-option is coercion.
I’d say DeMint is quite frankly one of the few great re-elected people who walks the halls of Congress, and his words here are a breath of fresh air. It’s important that principled new electees take his point to heart: Don’t let victory change your principles.Published in