DC swamp fights back: Jim DeMint reportedly out at Heritage
April 28, 2017 By Matthew Vadum
The great Jim DeMint is being given the bum’s rush at the Heritage Foundation for being a conservative in thought and deed, according to Politico. DeMint, formerly a Republican senator representing South Carolina, took over as Heritage president in April 2013.
“Some Heritage board members believe that DeMint has brought in too many Senate allies and made the think tank too bombastic and political — to the detriment of its research and scholarly aims,” the newspaper reports.
DeMint has been in contract negotiations, which are expected to be cut short, the sources said. An announcement about his future at Heritage is expected to come as early as Friday. His contract is up at the end of 2017, according to one board member.
A GOP operative who works closely with Heritage said DeMint’s removal as president was imminent and that more changes are expected to follow. “There’s massive turmoil over there right now,” the operative said.
Amid all of this, President Donald Trump praised DeMint by name during a speech to NRA members on Friday, calling DeMint “amazing” and “a real friend.”
I may be wrong but the idea that there is turmoil at Heritage because under DeMint it is acting like a conservative nonprofit — instead of as an appendage of the corrupt Republican Party machine — is difficult to believe. And note the use of anonymous sources in the Politico article. I suspect it is more likely that fake conservative Republican lawmakers have been putting heat on Heritage along with some well-heeled squishy donors.
Republicans on Capitol Hill want Heritage to obediently do their bidding, instead of putting pressure on them to behave like principled conservatives. How dare Republicans police their own!The best example of this kind of anti-DeMint pro-GOPe whining I can think of has to be from establishment carbuncle Brian J. Walsh — the one now with ROKK Solutions (there are a lot of guys named Brian Walsh in and around the nation’s capital) — who is a living personification of what is wrong with Washington. (One of my faves from this astute political handicapper’s body of work has to be “Why Trump Can’t Win,” a column from Sept. 15, 2015.)
In 2013 after DeMint took over Heritage, Walsh famously whined in a column called “Conservatives Eat Their Own for Profit” that Heritage wasn’t being a team player. “In our great democracy, you affect public policy by offering a vision, influencing a majority of public opinion and winning elections, not by burning down the House, attacking your allies, and falling on your sword,” he wrote.
In other words, according to Walsh, conservatives need to open their wallets, shut their mouths, listen to their Republican betters, and learn their place.
A supplicant of established power, Walsh was spokesman for a while for disgraced Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), who went to prison for his role in the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal. (Walsh played no role in the scandal.)
The guy is already dancing on DeMint’s grave:
Shame on him.
There’s ‘a Lot of Witchcraft’ in Washington, D.C.
Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis (ret.).
Long-time national security expert Lt. Col. Robert “Bob” Maginnis (ret.), a senior fellow with the Family Research Council (FRC), said there is “a lot of witchcraft” and “hedonism” in Washington, D.C., and added that when he thinks of Sodom and Gomorrah he often thinks of the nation’s capital “in the same thought.”
Maginnis, who has testified numerous times before Congress and appeared on countless news outlets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and the Fox News Channel, also said Dupont Circle, infamous for being the “center of homosexuality in Washington,” is home to countless activities that are “pretty souring.”
During a recent interview on SkyWatch TV, host Derek Gilbert asked, “Revelations, going back decades, of pedophila by members of the government. Just over the weekend from England, there are accusations that former Prime Minister Edward Heath was a pedophile. From your perspective inside the beltway, in this allegedly Christian nation, how prevalent is this sort of decadent behavior?”
Maginnis said, “Well, I found some examples that I’ve seen first hand in Washington — evidence, the influence of occultism, certainly witchcraft, as I mentioned. Anytime you have people that are incredibly influential and have a lot of power, they’re going to attract those that have agendas that certainly are far from Christian.”
“That’s why you have rank evil that sometimes appears in the middle of governments, whether it’s caving to a particular issue like – I think of Iran and the Obama administration,” said Maginnis, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. “We know how evil Iran is, with its terrorism, its hatred of Israel, and the like.”
“So, people that get wrapped up in that, wrapped up in their own heady power, are often influenced,” he said. “And when you look at Washington, you have Dupont Circle, infamous for being the center of homosexuality in Washington. You have all sorts of activities down there that are pretty souring.”
Maginnis, the former chief of the U.S. Army Infantry School’s leadership and ethics training branch, further said, “You have a lot of witchcraft. You have a lot of hedonism. You have all the issues. When I think of Sodom and Gomorrah I often think of Washington, D.C. in the same thought.”
“And it’s unfortunate because sometimes we have some very good people come to Washington, well-intended to do the right sorts of things and yet these people end up coerced because of the nature of politics and surrender their well-intended ideas to something that is far worse,” said Maginnis. “I’m not surprised and I think it will continue.”
“Unfortunately, even people such as President Trump, he needs your prayers, he needs to be uplifted because the temptations are great,” said the lieutenant colonel.
During a homosexual pride event at Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.