Sen. Jim DeMint says President Obama has "lowered the discourse" because of a new ad that blasts DeMint over his "Waterloo" comment. That prompted Eric Kleefeld of Talking Points Memo to run down highlights of DeMint's own contributions to civil discourse over the past year:
- He called the stimulus a "mugging" and a "fraud" and said the only way to stop it is to "get people angry."
- He said the author of one stimulus provision would "stand in the schoolhouse door, like the infamous George Wallace, to deny people of faith from entering any campus building renovated by this bill."
- He likened Obama to Orwell's 1984: "He really is saying one thing and meaning the complete opposite. He is presenting a complete redefinition of words and ideas."
- He declared that "freedom is dissolving. We don't even teach what it is anymore."
- He said the Honduras unrest was no more of a coup than Al Franken's election to the Senate.
- He said America is "about where Germany was before World War II where they became a social democracy. You still had votes, but the votes were just power grabs like you see in Iran, and other places in South America, like Chavez is running down in Venezuela."