“He has demonstrated, when he stepped into government in a very difficult state, that he could work in a difficult partisan environment, take some good conservative ideas, like private health insurance, and apply them to the need to have everyone insured,” DeMint says. “Those kind of ideas show an ability to bring people together that we haven’t seen in national politics for a while. We don’t need the nation to be more polarized.”Of course, it should be stated that Jim DeMint made those comments in 2008. Now, he believes that Romneycare was a "colossal mistake."
If I sound like a broken record with my 'individual mandate is a conservative creation' posts, it is only because I am determined to not let spineless, conservative leaders rewrite the history of the conservative movement. DeMint can pretend all he wants that he believes that the individual mandate is horrible, but he can't hide from the words he uttered less than three years ago. I personally saw DeMint live smothering Romney with praise at a Republican event in 2007. He had no qualms about Romneycare at the time. No qualms.
There is a simple reason for all of this. Jim DeMint is not a serious person. He has decided to hitch his wagon to the Tea Party Express, who believe that anything that comes from Obama is socialism. Therefore, he now believes that Romneycare is too close for comfort. He would rather pander to the firebrands and be a reliable no vote in the Senate, then stand by his own prior beliefs. The reality is that Jim DeMint has no problem with the individual mandate. He only has a problem with being associated with the individual mandate when it is unpopular.
I don't expect people to listen to everything that I say. But if there is one message that I could get across to conservatives today, it would be the following: The conservative movement will only succeed if it produces relevant, policy solutions to problems that Americans face. It will not succeed if it just becomes a reactionary, populist movement that exists solely to oppose anything that the Democrats do. Are we going to be ideas-focused or talk radio-focused? Jim DeMint is pressing toward the latter.