This is why Mr. DeMint

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 DeMint continued: “I would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who really believe in principles of limited government, free markets, free people, than to have 60 that don’t have a set of beliefs.”

 Hours earlier, Landrieu had delivered her news. The two represent votes 59 and 60 for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who needs that many in the 100-member Senate to go forward. The Senate's 40 Republicans are unanimously opposed.

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Most of DeMint's friends don't really believe in "free people".

Establishing an American theocracy is not guaranteeing the freedom of the people. Supporting various moral crusades to be waged by the Federal government is not supporting limited government. And promoting massive subsidies to centralized industry as in, for instance, our military-industrial complex, does not speak well for any faith in the free market.

RINO hunting... (WAS: This is why Mr. DeMint)

In another post, Skippy wrote:

  There are some RINO Republicans that may get their tickets out of town punched also. That’s what they’ll be thinking about, as much or more than sticking their necks out for Reid, Pelosi

 

As RedMango just pointed out, it's worth asking whether this kind of "exclusive" attitude towards Republicans who are not conservatives will do the GOP any good. Three examples:

  • Olympia Snowe's overall approval ratings are very good thanks to support from independents and Democrats which means the Dems have little hope of defeating her. However, GOP hardliners don't like her and she may well be vulnerable to a conservative challenger in the primaries.
  • In Florida, Charlie Crist is 20 points ahead of Kendrick Meek in current opinion polls. However, hardline Republicans would rather gamble on young and unproven Marco Rubio who seems like a more risky choice (he currently trails Meek by eight points)
  • In Arizona, John McCain is leading J.D.Hayworth by only two points in the primaries. The Dems currently have no major challenger, but there is little question Hayworth would be an easier opponent in the general election as he is essentially a Buchananite hardliner on immigration and lost his House seat in 2006 largely due to the Abramoff scandal.