Obstruction

07.09.1212:45 PM ET

Less Compromise, More Jim DeMint!

FILE - In this June 29, 2011, file photo Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., a member of the Senate Banking Committee and the Joint Economic Committee, leads other Republican senators in a call to bypass the holiday recess to stay in Washington and work on the debt crisis on Capitol Hill in Washington. As debt limit warfare and pre-election posturing continue DeMint, who calls himself Sen. Tea Party, is specific and focused on what change he wants, exactly: passage ó not just a vote ó of a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution. Without it, he says, no consideration should be given to raising the nation's borrowing limit. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
J. Scott Applewhite / AP Photos

In a post at RedState this morning, Daniel Horowitz welcomes Jim DeMint's plan not to govern effectively:

DeMint is correct. It is this desire on the part of Republicans to “just pass legislation” that has saddled us with $15.8 trillion in debt. It is these “do something” Republicans that have gone along with the Democrat anti-free-market agenda energy policy in pursuit of government-run commerce; from green energy subsidies to mandates for ethanol and the use of crony capitalist products.

It is high time for us to have a leader of the Commerce Committee who will not “govern” commerce, rather someone who will let the private sector handle commerce. Leadership has spent years trying to block Jim DeMint from merely obtaining a seat on the super-A Finance Committee. Now they will have no excuse to prevent him from leading the Commerce Committee.

For all the talk of gridlock and partisanship in DC, the reality is that 90% of the legislative activity is bipartisan, especially on a committee level. The problem is that we don’t have enough good conservatives as committee chairmen. It’s not enough to merely elect conservatives to Congress; they must also be willing to “govern” and seek positions of power. We just need more members who share Jim DeMint’s view of governing.

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