[Marxism] Jim DeMint: Crybaby of the US Senate

Greg McDonald sabocat59 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 04:06:07 MDT 2009


Jim DeMint: Crybaby of the US Senate

by Al Giordano

US Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), in the right-hand photo, is
having a tantrum today, alleging that Senate Foreign Relations
Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Massachusetts), on the left, is
blocking him with “bullying tactics” from visiting his pals in the
Honduras coup regime.

Truth is, nothing prohibits DeMint from traveling to Honduras on his
own dime. It’s the US taxpayer funds - specifically those of the
Senate committee - that he can’t use for the propaganda junket, one
that DeMint announced in advance would be to advocate for the coup
regime's sham "election" process. That he cancelled his scheduled trip
to Tegucigalpa tomorrow when it became clear he’d have to purchase his
own plane ticket and that of his entourage, he just gave up and
decided to put out a press release instead.

“Not a single U.S. Senator has traveled to Honduras to learn the facts
on the ground,” said the statement prepared by the Senator’s staff.
“And the Obama administration won’t allow Honduran officials or even
businessmen to come to the U.S., either.”

This is the same DeMint that invoked Senate rules that allow a single
Senator to “block” a vote on confirming various of President Obama’s
diplomatic nominees, including those for US Ambassador to the
Organization of American States, US Ambassador to Brazil and
Undersecretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, because he doesn’t
like the White House position against the Honduras coup.

It's the time-worn tale of a schoolyard bully who, when he gets
punched in the nose himself, sobs and and accuses his bester of unfair

During the years when Republicans were in power in the United States,
they would frequently accuse the Democratic opposition of playing as
“victims.” And they were sometimes right about that. Politics is
hardball, baby, and nobody who enters it should whine when hit cleanly
and fairly. Now that they’re in the minority and unpopular with voters
they’re whiners, too (which suggests that tantrums aren’t a partisan
trait but rather a societal one).

DeMint then reported Kerry to the principal’s office Twitter:
“@JohnKerry (Foreign Rel. chair) trying to hide truth to protect
Zelaya, blocking our fact-finding trip to Honduras at last minute.”

Everybody say, “awwwwwwww.”

What a big fucking crybaby. If you don’t want to get hit, Jimmy, don’t
go out on the playing field throwing punches. Good for Kerry for
knocking DeMint on his ass with such a timely, karma-packed punch.

DeMint can still go to Honduras any time he wants. But that he cancels
his trip the moment he’d have to pay for it, and instead puts a press
release out sort of indicates that he didn’t feel that strongly about
it all along. It’s just the usual beltway posturing of partisan
politics. And the scoreboard reads: Kerry 1, DeMint 0.

Update 8:29 p.m. ET: In what may be another case of the Obama
administration not having its act together regarding speaking with one
voice on Honduras policy, ABC News is reporting - with a question mark
- that DeMint's office is now claiming that Senate Republican Leader
Mitch McConnell intervened and got the Defense Department to pay for
DeMint's junket. (Apparently, Secretary Clinton's State Department is
on the right side of this battle, denying the funds.)

In that report, Kerry minces no words:

“Thanks to his intransigence, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
can’t even hold hearings on our policy in Central and South America.
Sen. DeMint is blocking the nominations of two key officials who will
implement President Obama’s foreign policy in the Western
Hemisphere... When Senator DeMint lifts these holds and allows these
individuals to receive an up or down vote on the Senate floor, the
Committee will approve his travel to Honduras, a country that is in
the middle of delicate, political crisis.”

But if DoD is now going to undercut that, it is the White House that
will be perceived as equivocating and weak, again, regarding the
Honduras coup. Somebody upstairs needs to step in and put all the
players on the same page.

More information about the Marxism mailing list