Senator Jim DeMint, the Senate’s leading Mad Hatter, the man who led the tea party’s caucus in the Senate and who tried to increase its numbers by recruiting candidates like Christine “I’m not a witch” O’Donnell, crazy Sharon Angle and the two rapey guys, Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin, is leaving the Senate. He is about to become the new president of the Heritage Foundation, the nation’s leading conservative (so-called) think tank. Mama is truly sad because even though DeMint’s cashing out (he’s getting a million dollars a year) may be good for the Senate, it’s awful for comedy.
For those of us who have to work for a living talking about the wackiness in Washington, DeMint was comedy gold. He was the U.S. DeMint of crazy. I mean this is a guy who said things like:
- The hope and change the Democrats had in mind was nothing more than a retread of the failed and discredited socialist policies that have been the enemy of freedom for centuries all over the world. I fear America is teetering toward tyranny. (Well, now we’ve REALLY gone over the edge!)
- Anyone who says the Republicans have been irresponsible aren’t looking at the facts. (Didn’t you mean “isn’t,” Jim?)
- If a person wants to be publicly gay, they should not be teaching in the public schools. (So private gays are OK in private schools?)
- The Iraqi people can now take control of their government and their future by creating a society that protects the rights endowed to us by our creator — life, liberty and freedom. (Do you think he meant Allah?)
The best part about DeMint is that he was an even bigger thorn in the side to his fellow Republicans than he was to Democrats. Mama has it on good authority that Mitch “Yertle” McConnell mumbled, “Don’t let the cloakroom door hit you in the ass on your way out, DeMint,” before pulling his turtle head back inside its shell. There’s joy in Washington tonight, but comedians everywhere are mourning the loss of our favorite foil.
C’mon, Sarah Palin — get back in the game! We need you more than ever!
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